There have been plenty of wild accusations made surrounding this coronavirus crisis that we are currently dealing with, but nothing quite as wild as what we’re seeing out of a Michigan church group.
From the very beginning of this global pandemic, there have been doubts about what exactly our government’s response to the issue should be. Some attempted to convince us that this was nothing more than the flu, while others demanded that our entire nation be sequestered and quarantined until such a time as a surefire cure arrives.
What we got was a good mix of both, with state by state regulation varying wildly at times.
And, of course, no ordinance can be worthwhile if the public simply opts to ignore it. Or, in the case of a Michigan church gourd, if they actively look to push back against it.
Who was there, how long they stayed, and who is most at-risk — it’s all unknown for health officials investigating a COVID-19 case linked to a four-day men’s retreat at a church in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
Health officials worry that many of the 50 or more men who attended the gathering are older, and may have health conditions that come with age, which makes them more vulnerable to serious illness from the coronavirus.
But they simply aren’t cooperating.
The biggest obstacle: Nobody in the group will cooperate with public health workers. Health departments covering five U.P. counties have been unable to learn the names of the men, or who they may have come in contact with since the retreat ended last Sunday, the officials told Bridge Michigan.
The event’s leader hung up on a contact tracer who called him. Another person who was called this week accused the health official of “working for Satan” because of her job in public health.
One of the health officials involved in the case would go on to refer to it as the “strangest” situation he’s ever faced in his career.