EBCI PHHS output
On Monday, December 14, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) and the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority identified a COVID-19 cluster at the Old Antioch Missionary Baptist Church located at 2868 Wrights Creek Road in Cherokee. Six cases of COVID-19, in the past 10 days, have been confirmed within the church.
The six community members who have tested positive for COVID-19 are isolating themselves at home. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) defines a “cluster” as five or more epidemiologically linked cases over a 14-day period.
Community members, who have tested positive for COVID-19, attended services on Sunday, November 29 and / or Wednesday, December 2.
PHHS officials noted that “the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Public Health and Human Services and Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority are working diligently to identify and notify close contacts who may have come into contact with this person.”
If you attended the service at Old Antich Baptist Missionary Church on Sunday, November 29 and / or Wednesday, December 2, or if you have any concerns, call Tsalagi Public Health 359-6240.
Drive-through tests are available at the former Analenisgi 375 Sequoyah Trail Cherokee Recovery Center, NC 28719. To make an appointment, call the COVID-19 hotline (828) 497-3743.
The Centers for Disease Control defines close contact as anyone who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes from two days before the onset of illness (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before positive specimen collection) until the patient is isolated.