Correction: This article has been corrected to note that state restrictions were put into place for large gatherings of 10 or more in Arkansas on March 27, after the church held its function.


A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Tuesday confirmed the coronavirus was spread in a rural central Arkansas church in March.


Restrictions on gatherings of more than 10 people were put into place in Arkansas on March 27. There were 92 attendees at Greers Ferry First Assembly of God during March 6–11, 35 (38%) who developed laboratory-confirmed COVID-19, and three persons died, the CDC report states.


The highest attack rates were in persons aged 19–64 years (59%) and greater than 65 years (50%). An additional 26 cases linked to the church occurred in the community, including one death.


90-year-old William Barton, a member of the Greers Ferry Assembly of God, was among the first COVID-19 deaths in Arkansas, KARK in Little Rock reported.


"Faith-based organizations should work with local health officials to determine how to implement the U.S. Government guidelines for modifying activities during the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent transmission of the virus to their members and their communities," the CDC report added.


The Associated Press reported April 1 the church had been accused of disregarding restrictions on large group gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.