A 300-man wedding from Washington has been linked to more than a dozen coronovirus cases and “subsequent two outbreaks”, health officials said.
The wedding show was held on November 7 at a private location near Ritzville, 59 miles southwest of Spokane.
The Grant County Health District did not release details about the wedding, but a Facebook post on Monday said 17 people related to the marriage tested positive for Kovid-19 and more cases are being added daily. . The wedding was also followed by two outbreaks involving guests who tested positive for Kovid-19.
Authorities urged all wedding attendees to conduct tests and quarantine.
“We are very grateful to the attendees who have gone to trial and are staying at home. It helps their friends, colleagues and communities from the disease, ”District Administrator Theresa Adkinson said in a statement.
Health officials said that there was little chance that they would reach every guest as people from many communities attended the ceremony.
“Due to the multi-jurisdictional impact of this large event, GCHD felt it was necessary to inform the public,” the agency said.
On Sunday, Gov. Jay. Inlee announced strict restrictions on coronavirus cases in the state. As of Monday, the Washington State Department of Health reported 131,532 confirmed cases, according to a Kovid-19 dashboard.
Under the governor’s restrictions, wedding ceremonies are not limited to more than 30 people and indoor receptions or similar ceremonies are prohibited.
The Health Department said in its Facebook post that wedding organizers should keep a record of attendees and keep that log for at least two weeks.
“Superspreader” wedding ceremonies and receptions have been associated with numerous outbreaks in other states. At least eight people died and more than 100 people were infected after an August wedding in Millinket, Maine.
And in New York, a wedding and birthday party had more than 50 transitions and nearly 300 people in quarantine.
Safolk County Executive Steven Bellone said the birthday party in Bellport had about 50 attendees and did not violate the emergency state health code, but showed how quickly the virus can spread when social balance rules are not followed .
The wedding, held at the North Folk Country Club in Cutchogue, Long Island, on October 17, violated state regulations, allowing more than 50 people to be kept in one room.
According to officials, the venue was issued a $ 17,000 fine.
“Such gross disregard for the well-being of others is not only extremely disappointing, it will not be tolerated,” Bellone said at a news conference about marriage.