Georgetown pastor has coronavirus, church says

Christ Church, Georgetown on O Street NW.

BREAKING: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is recommending that anyone who visited Christ Church Georgetown should self quarantine for 14 days from the last day of their visit after information surfaced indicating that an attendee has been diagnosed as having coronavirus.

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The rector of a historic Episcopal church in Georgetown came down with the first confirmed case of coronavirus in D.C., the church says.

A representative for Christ Church, Georgetown on O Street NW tells Fox 5 that the Rev. Tim Cole tested positive for the virus on Saturday.

Cole is in his 50s. His illness led the church to cancel services Sunday and indefinitely.

There are now seven "presumptive positive" coronavirus cases in the D.C. area: two in Washington; two in Fairfax County, Virginia and three in Montgomery County, Maryland.

The patients in Maryland and Virginia all traveled on a Nile River cruise that's now quarantined because of the outbreak on board.

The 2nd case in D.C. is a Nigerian who was traveling in the area.

A person who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor, and two people who visited the AIPAC conference at the Washington Convention Center this month also have since tested positive for the virus. 

Local officials call the cases "presumptive positive" because they must be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, despite the patients testing positive for the disease.

The church announced the news on its Facebook page Sunday afternoon:

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