Three of the secondary Covid-19 cases were long-term care facility residents in close contact of a bar attendee who worked as a certified nursing assistant. The nurse tested positive for Covid-19 four days after the bar opening event. One person who contracted one of these secondary Covid-19 cases became hospitalized within 14 days of the positive test result. 然而, the person was discharged the same day.
Two weeks after the event, the seven-day average daily Covid-19 incidence in the county more than doubled to at least 86 的房子 100,000 人, 根据报告.
“Bars can play a role in community spread of COVID-19 because of limited mask use while eating or drinking and lack of consistent physical distancing,” the authors wrote in the report. “These findings show that SARS-CoV-transmission originating in a business such as a bar not only affects the patrons and employees of the bar but can also affect an entire community.”
The bar event was held indoors with no outside airflow. Attendees cited inconsistent mask use and disregard of the six feet physical distancing guidelines. Although the total number of people who attended the event is unknown, the bar can accommodate about 100 人, 报告说.
The high percentage of symptomatic people linked to the event, 82.6%, as well as the reluctance of many people to disclose contacts suggest that the actual case count was higher than what was found, according to the CDC report.
“As community businesses begin to reopen, these findings underscore the importance of businesses and individuals adhering to public health prevention and mitigation guidelines to reduce additional community transmission, including isolation after receipt of a COVID-19 diagnosis and while experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms, even as vaccination efforts expand,” the authors wrote in the report.