Health officials in Washington said Monday that more than 300 people attended the wedding, providing a specific lesson on why the restrictions were originally imposed. Two separate outbreaks have now been fed by at least 17 guests who have since been tested for the virus, officials said – with more new cases from the event “added daily”.
“Our personal decisions affect the health of our family, friends and communities,” said a statement from Grant County, calling on everyone present at the wedding to be tested for the virus.
Cases have risen so dramatically in Washington that Inslee announced a new round of exclusions on Sunday, banning restaurants and closing bars and gyms, banning most indoor social gatherings and restricting outdoor meetings to five or fewer. Orders come when the state sets daily records, increasing by an average of 38% of new cases per week.
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The Ritzville wedding has helped spread a number of new cases, health officials said.
The event took place on November 7 in the small town of about 1,600 in downtown Washington and attracted hundreds of guests from a number of communities. When they returned home, many brought the virus with them, Grant County Health said.
“Those present with a diagnosis of COVID-19 were also associated with 2 subsequent outbreaks. This is a changing situation, “the region said in a news release.
Health officials are urging anyone who attended the wedding to be quarantined until Saturday. The health department also reminded future wedding planners to follow the rules of guest restrictions and asked them to help monitor anyone who showed up.
“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,” the district said. “If an outbreak occurs, this information can be crucial to saving lives.”