Three people are dead and several others were hospitalized after eating a Friday Thanksgiving dinner at the American Legion Hall in Antioch.
According to Sutter Delta Medical Center, the Antioch hospital received eight patients with probably food borne symptoms between Friday November 25th and Saturday November 26th. Three of the patients died, four patients were treated and released and one remains hospitalized. 3 dead, several sickened after Thanksgiving dinner at American Legion Hall
At a news conference Monday, Contra Costa County Health Services said the incident was not a food borne disease outbreak and that 835 people attended the event.
Golden Hills Community Church confirms that it hosted the dinner at the American Legion Hall. Health officials said it's an event the church has sponsored at the facility in previous years with no health-related incidents.
Autrey James, commander at American Legion Post 161, said Golden Hills Community Church was responsible for preparing the meals on Thanksgiving.
"We are extremely, extremely upset that anyone lost their lives," James said. "We were not ourselves involved in the cooking of the meal."
By state law the non-profit organization does not need a permit to serve to the food and health officials said they did not, but that the facility does need to be permitted and was in compliance with food safety laws and procedures.
A person who was at the hall Friday night tells KTVU the dinner was for senior citizens, homeless, and people who would have otherwise been alone on Thanksgiving. Related Stories
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Contra Costa Public Health is investigating and says there is no current risk to the general public.
The Contra Costa County Coroners Office said that it was conducting autopsies and death certificates would be issued after that.
Symptoms of those who were sickened include; nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.