A wedding of 300 people in Washington has been linked to more than a dozen cases of coronavirus and “two subsequent outbreaks,” health officials said.
The wedding ceremony took place on November 7 in a private location near Ritzville, about 59 miles southwest of Spokane.
The Grant County Health District did not provide details about the wedding, but said in a Facebook post Monday that 17 wedding-related people tested positive for Covid-19 and that more cases were added daily. There are also two subsequent outbreaks associated with wedding guests that have yielded positive results for Covid-1
Officials called on all those present at the wedding to be tested and quarantined.
“We are extremely grateful to those present who went for testing and stayed at home. This helps protect their friends, colleagues and communities from the disease, “said District Administrator Theresa Adkinson in a statement.
Health officials said they were very unlikely to be able to contact each guest because people from many communities attended the ceremony.
“Due to the multi-agency impact of this major event, the GCHD felt the need to inform the public,” the agency said.
On Sunday, Gov. Jay Insley announced stricter restrictions as coronavirus cases in the state continue to rise. As of Monday, the Washington Department of Health reported 131,532 confirmed cases, according to the Covid-19 scoreboard.
According to the governor’s restrictions, wedding ceremonies are limited to no more than 30 people, and indoor receptions or similar gatherings are prohibited.
The health department said in a Facebook post that wedding planners should keep a record of those present and keep the diary for at least two weeks.
Wedding ceremonies and receptions “Extender” are associated with several outbreaks in other states. At least eight people have died and more than 100 have been infected since an August wedding in Milinocket, Maine.
And in New York, a wedding and birthday led to more than 50 infections and nearly 300 people in quarantine.
Suffolk County CEO Stephen Belon said Belport’s birthday was attended by about 50 people and did not violate emergency health codes, but showed how quickly the virus can spread when social distancing rules are not followed.
The Oct. 17 wedding at the North Folk Country Club in Kutchog, Long Island, violated state policy, allowing no more than 50 people in a room.
According to local officials, a $ 17,000 fine was issued.
“This outright disregard for the well-being of others is not only extremely frustrating, but will not be tolerated,” Beloun told a news conference.