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Community outbreak of COVID-19 in connection with the opening of the bar in the hall

April 05, 2021

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Forty-six cases of COVID-19 were traced back to a cash opening event in a rural Illinois county. The outbreak led to a school closure and hospitalization of a resident of a long-term care facility, according to results published in MMWR.

“Attendees at the event reported inconsistent mask use and no greater physical distance of 6 feet, although table spaces and signs encourage physical distancing and mask use,” wrote Samira Sami, DrPH of the CDC’s COVID-19 Response Team, and colleagues at the Report.

Data derived from: Sami S, et al. MMWR Morbid Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021; doi: 10.15585 / mmwr.mm7014e3.

One participant received a COVID-19 diagnosis the day before the event. Four other participants were symptomatic on the day of the event and received a diagnosis afterwards.

Of the 46 cases, 26 occurred with patrons and three with staff present at the opening event, and 17 were secondary cases. The secondary cases involved eight households with children; Two of the five children who tested positive were on a school sports team. According to the report, the subsequent school closure affected 650 children, a total of 9,100 lost school days.

A long-term care facility employee who attended the event tested positive for COVID-19. Three secondary cases, including two in residents, were identified in Facility 5 [to] 9 days after the event, ”wrote the authors. The resident who was hospitalized was “discharged the same day,” the authors continued. They added that none of the four long-term care facility employees and residents who tested positive had received the COVID-19 vaccine despite previously being offered.

Sami and colleagues wrote that asymptomatic cases accounted for an estimated 40% to 45% of infections and 82.6% of event-related cases were symptomatic, underscoring the need for increased testing and reporting through contact tracing combined with isolation and quarantine in order to prompt transmission to reduce. ”

According to the report, the Illinois Department of Health was notified of the outbreak on February 17. On the same day, the state reported 1,795 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including 24 more deaths, according to a press release. On April 2, the state announced 3,235 new cases of COVID-19 and 24 deaths in a press release. Starting April 5, every Illinois county is in Phase 4 of its reopening. This is evident from the state’s regional phases dashboard. This means groups of 10 or fewer people indoors can be 6 or more feet apart and the standing area is 25% capacity, the state-run Coronavirus Response website said.

“As businesses reopen in the community, these results underscore the importance of businesses and individuals who adhere to public health prevention and mitigation guidelines to reduce additional transmission in the community, including isolation after contracting COVID -19 diagnosis and if symptoms similar to COVID-19 occur, even if vaccination efforts increase, ”wrote Sami and colleagues.

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