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ANTIOCH, Calif. – Health officials say they are trying to determine if three people who died and five who were sickened after eating Thanksgiving dinner at a church event got sick there or at the assisted living facility where they all lived.

Dr. Louise McNitt, of the Contra Costa County Health Department, said Monday there is no risk to the general public.

It’s unclear exactly what caused the illness. Health officials are awaiting test results and interviewing those who are recovering.

McNitt says 835 people were fed at the Thanksgiving dinner held at the American Legion Hall in Antioch and that no other reports of illness related to the dinner have been received.

The event was organized by the Golden Hills Community Church in nearby Brentwood. A call to the church was not immediately returned.