Officials said Friday that more than 300 people were hosted last month in Washington state, which could now be linked to the deadly coronavirus outbreak at two long-term care facilities.
Wedding on 7 November in a private place Ritzville, Wash. First attracted attention About 40 attendees from neighboring Grant County tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the event.
Washington State Health Guidelines At that time the wedding ceremony was limited to 30 people.
The Grant County Health District is now saying that employees of the two long-term care facilities involved in the wedding, which officials have labeled as a “super-spreader” incident, have contracted the virus.
according to this ABC News, Health officials said staff members worked while being contagious, before they knew they were carrying the infection.
It was not clear until Friday how many cases of these employees and the incident could be traced.
“They take care of all the residents, so it won’t be known which cases are related to the staff,” Theresa Adkinson, Grant County’s Health District Administrator, told ABC in an email.
ABC noted that there have been 54 COVID-19 deaths in the county, with 29 linked to long-term care facilities.
Adkinson said the department plans to do “in-depth data analysis” after recently getting better at controlling infections.
The Health Department did not say how many staff members had tested positive.
In A Thursday press release Declaring deaths in care facilities, the county health department urged residents to stay “as home as possible” to protect high-risk populations from the virus.
“Our most vulnerable community members – the elderly, immunocopromised, and people with chronic conditions – are particularly at risk of complications due to a COVID-19 infection and measures to protect us from the disease,” the statement said. Should keep doing. ”
“Your choice with those living outside your home can lead to additional cases of COVID-19 and even death,” the statement said. “Please protect those you love, by staying home.”
Weddings in other states have also been identified as “super-spreader” events for COVID-19. In August, a wedding in rural Maine According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a long-term care facility was associated with 177 coronavirus cases and seven deaths, including six.
As of Thursday, Washington State Department of Health More than 174,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported, with 2,925 fatalities due to the virus.