41 people that attended a swingers event in November in New Orleans have tested positive for the coronavirus. Of 300 attendees, the positive cases make the event a superspreader of the virus.
Naughty Events owner Bob Hannaford told WDSU that the protocols for the event were followed. City officials said it discouraged large gatherings, but Hannaford’s event went on for four days in the city, beginning November 11.
Hannaford shared on his blog about the decision to hold the event, “We went to extraordinary measures for check-in and instituted a touchless process with required temperature checks, social distancing in line, and sanitizing upon check-in. We issued wristbands in one color to indicate who had antibodies and therefore was not contagious. We issued a second color to those that showed us a very recent negative COVID-19 test. The wristbands even had each person’s date of their test circled. ” He shared that 50% of attendees had antibodies and got tested prior to the event.
“We tried our best to create a bubble, but it’s very difficult,” Hannaford told local news station WDSU. One patient was hospitalized and the rest had mild or no symptoms.
“When we ask people to maintain social distance, when we ask people to obey the public health guidelines, there’s a reason for that,” a spokesperson for New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said during a news conference. “And when those guidelines are not adhered to, you see a spike in infections, you see a superspreader event.”
As cases continue to spike, the Louisiana governor introduced stricter guidelines for the state. The state had reported 6,400 deaths as of December 2.
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