People exposed to D.C. church rector with coronavirus urged to self-quarantine

D.C. officials on Monday urged hundreds who attended Christ Church Georgetown on several recent days to self-quarantine because of their exposure to the church rector, the Rev. Timothy Cole, who is the first known coronavirus patient in the District.

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) announced the recommendation at a Monday news conference as local authorities try to contain the spread of the virus from two confirmed cases. It is the first broad self-quarantine order in the Washington region.

She said residents who attended the church on Feb 24 or between Feb 28 and March 3 should self-quarantine for 14 days since the last time they were at the church.

Cole tested positive for coronavirus Saturday and is hospitalized in stable condition.