3 people have died, and at least 14 others are seriously ill after eating Thanksgiving dinner at a California church.
The meal was served by the American Legion Hall in conjunction with the Golden Hills Community Church. The dinner was attended by seniors, and homeless people, according to the Contra Costa Public Health officials.
“We recently were informed that several people from the same care facility in Antioch, who were at our Antioch Thanksgiving Dinner, became sick,” the church said in a statement. “We are fully cooperating with health officials and are praying fervently for the families who lost loved ones and for others who are sick.”
835 people attended the meal, and the local hospital treated eight elderly people on Friday and Saturday who fell sick after the meal, possibly from a food-borne illness, officials said. Three of the patients died, four others were released, and one remains hospitalized.
The food was donated by local restaurants and volunteers, and it was prepared on site. Currently victims are being tested to determine what exactly caused the illnesses and deaths.