More than 40 people proved positive at COVID-19 after attending a swingers conference in New Orleans, which local officials now call a “super-scattering event.”
According to The Washington PostAbout 250 people attended the event at a hotel in New Orleans on November 14th. Just over two weeks later, 41 participants received the infection.
It was an epidemic first reported by NOLA.com Tuesday after Bob Hannaford, organizer of the annual Naughty in N’awlins swingers gathering, posted a blog post last week, it acknowledged the organizational failures that were likely to contribute to the spread.
“If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t be producing this event again,” Hannaford wrote. “I wouldn’t do it again if I knew what I know now. It’s on me and it will continue to weigh on me until everyone is 100% better.”
Hannaford noted that while most cases “asymptomatic or very mild ”- the“ good friend ”who took part in the event“ was hospitalized in a serious condition ”, although he has since been released.
Spokesman for the Mayor of New Orleans LaToya CantrellLaToya Cantrell New Orleans bans Mardi Gras parades by 2021. According to the cities, the organizers have not received permission for the 2 Christian music festivals as Hurricane Zeta lands MORE in New Orleans. (D) told the Post that the swingers event is “a very striking example of what can happen if you don’t follow social distance guidelines.”
The gathering was significantly smaller than last year’s 2,000 attendees, and Hannaford wrote that the event’s organizers consulted with city and state officials leading the event.
Hannaford added that more than 50 percent of participants tested positive for antibodies and “the others were tested just before the event. ”
Participants were also given an armband, one color indicating if the person has antibodies, and the other if the person recently tested negative. Hannaford said participants had to either perform a negative test for coronavirus or prove they had antibodies, assuming those carrying coronavirus antibodies were “non-infectious.”
Hannaford wrote that diaries were also issued to attendees to keep track of everyone they came in contact with during the event.
Despite these measures, Hannaford wrote that the next day of the event, she started receiving SMSs and emails from participants who informed the organizers about the positive tests.
Hannaford said on Wednesday that event organizers had counted 29 cases, up from 41 at last week’s last count.
“We have no idea how many people were tested after our event, nor whether someone was positive and didn’t tell us,” the event organizer explained in the blog post. “There may be people who are positive but have no symptoms, so they’ve never been tested.”
“We immediately approached everyone and called on them to get tested, whether they had symptoms or not,” Hannaford added. “We also invited people with a positive test to contact us so we can start tracking the contact.”
It comes with Louisiana Department of Health by Wednesday, a total of 241,335 confirmed cases of coronavirus had been registered, with 6501 deaths due to the virus. On Wednesday, there were 3604 newly confirmed infections and 46 new deaths.