COVID-19 contact tracing leads to Iglesia Ni Cristo

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While the Iglesia Ni Cristo was identified as a COVID-19 cluster by Public Health, its leadership and members cooperated with officials by promoting and practicing social distancing within the church, migrating services online, and taking other proactive measures.

Two COVID-19 positive individuals from the CNMI have come into contact with Guam-based members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, a faith-based organization whose members are being currently investigated by Public Health for possible exposure to the disease.

Public Health Director Linda DeNorcey confirmed the connection during a news conference Monday saying that at this time they do not have a definite number of PUIs from the Church since health officials are still in the process of contact tracing.

“There are several places that we have identified and we are going to be putting out that announcement very shortly,” said DeNorcey. “Yes the Iglesia Ni Cristo,  all of the 5 (congregations) in the various villages have been identified, to be all linked to patients that are COVID positive,” she said.

“There has been contact,” said the Public Health Director, “yes, there are two positive cases that came from CNMI that have been involved with this church.”

DeNorcey says Public Health will be releasing more information about their investigation this week.

The Iglesia Ni Cristo is a Christian sect with roots in the Philippines. The religious group has local congregations in Harmon, Mangilao, Yigo, and other locations on Guam.