People of faith are warning of a zombie outbreak in California, with some churches and congregations urging residents to evacuate in anticipation of the coming apocalypse.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) issued a bulletin on Tuesday warning residents to be prepared for a potential “major pandemic” during the coming weeks.
CalFire officials said in a news release that they had been notified that the outbreak is occurring, which they say will include the potential for widespread epidemics.
“We will be monitoring the situation in California for a possible pandemic,” the release states.
“If you or anyone you know is infected, we urge you to leave the area immediately.”
California has the world’s highest population of Christians and is home to some of the world´s most densely populated cities.
The state also has the largest concentration of religious organizations, with more than 300,000 in California alone, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
California Governor Gavin Newsom recently declared a state of emergency for the state as the state faces a rapidly rising number of coronavirus cases.
Newsom also announced plans to shut down the state’s two largest churches and order the evacuation of more than 400,000 people, as part of a nationwide “preemptive” evacuation.
A similar declaration was made by Pope Francis in April, in which he said that people in California are living in “the shadow of a new apocalypse.”
The latest update from CalFire was issued on Tuesday, two days after the State Department of Health issued a public health advisory on Monday warning of the possible spread of the coronaviruses in the state.
On Tuesday, CalFire said it is working with state officials and local health departments to monitor the situation and has set up a public hotline for residents to call if they are concerned.
The CalFire bulletin, which is titled “Prepare for a Major Pandemic,” says the “major” pandemic could be in the next month or so, with the possible onset of a pandemic in late 2019 or early 2020.
The bulletin also says the coronovirus has now been linked to the pandemic.
“While the virus is not yet transmitted through direct contact with bodily fluids or soil, it is possible that it could become infectious if it is inhaled or ingested by a person who is sick with the virus,” the bulletin states.
The agency warned that “an increased number of people may be infected with the coronivirus” and warned that residents in California should prepare for “a major pandemic.”
It said that, with so many people living in close proximity to each other, the state is facing an extremely high risk of the spread of any new disease.
California is the sixth state to declare a state-wide emergency, following California, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and Vermont.