About 300 participants in a wedding in Washington earlier this month were asked to be quarantined after several people who attended the wedding have since tested positive for the new coronavirus.
The wedding took place in a “private place” near Ritzville on November 7, Grant County Health Department (GCHD) officials said. At least 17 cases of COVID-19 in Grant County are related to the event, the statement said, “adding more daily.”
However, “due to the very jurisdictional impact of this major event, the GCHD considered it necessary to inform the public. The GCHD is trying to notify those present of a possible exposure, but with more than 300 people attending the wedding from many communities, local health jurisdictions are unlikely to reach everyone, officials said.
“Those present with a diagnosis of COVID-1
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Wedding guests are encouraged to test for COVID-19 in addition to self-quarantine until November 21.
“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.
As of September, wedding ceremonies in Washington state are limited to a maximum of 30 people, and as of Monday, “bans on receptions or similar gatherings in connection with the ceremony” have been banned, GCHD officials said.
“Wedding organizers are strongly encouraged to keep a diary of those present at each service and to keep this diary for at least two weeks. If an outbreak occurs, this information could be crucial in saving lives, “the news release said.
The news comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a report used as a warning example of a notorious overcrowded wedding reception in Maine in its efforts to advise against large gatherings as coronavirus cases spread across the country.
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The August reception in Milinocket, Maine, made headlines in the summer as the outbreak continued. Investigations into the incident by health officials revealed non-compliance with federal mitigation guidelines.
According to the CDC, the admission led to at least 177 cases, seven hospitalizations and seven deaths, and the virus probably spread from the wedding to a nursing home and a prison hundreds of miles away. Those who had serious consequences and died of intake-related infections were not even present.
This example “emphasize[s] the importance of following recommended mitigation measures even in communities where transmission rates are low, ”the CDC said. “Public gatherings such as weddings, birthdays, church events and funerals have the potential to be [COVID-19] super spreading events. “
Fox News’s Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.
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