CBS News is reporting that three people are dead and five are sick after eating a Thanksgiving meal at the Antioch American Legion Hall in California. All of those people were admitted to Sutter Delta Medical Center on Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26, 2016 with symptoms of food poisoning.
Golden Hills Community Church was allegedly responsible for making the meal served to people that day, according to the report. Other food was donated from restaurants in the area, and volunteers made some of the food. Of the eight who were sickened, three people died, four were treated and then released, and one person is still hospitalized.
Health Services spokeswoman Victoria Balladares said in a statement, “if it were a food borne outbreak, we’d expect to see a lot more people sick.” At least 800 people ate the same meal at the Hall.
All of those sickened were elderly, and came to the Hall for the meal from an assisted care facility. Others from that facility who also ate the same meal did not get sick.
Public health officials are investigating this incident to try to solve the problem. Officials also say that there is no risk to the general public at this time.