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Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Associated with a Local Bar Opening Event ? Illinois, February 2021

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  • Community Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Associated with a Local Bar Opening Event ? Illinois, February 2021

    Early Release / April 5, 2021 / 70
    http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7014e

    Samira Sami, DrPH1; Caitlin R. Turbyfill, MPH1; Shelby Daniel-Wayman, MPH2; Stacy Shonkwiler, MSN3; Kiva A. Fisher, PhD1; Macey Kuhring3; Aaron M. Patrick3; Stephanie Hinton, MHS, MA1; Amanda S. Minor, MPH3; Jessica N. Ricaldi, MD, PhD1; Ngozi Ezike, MD2; Judy Kauerauf, MPH2; Wayne A. Duffus, MD, PhD2

    Summary

    What is already known about this topic?

    Gatherings in settings where mask wearing and physical distancing do not occur are known to increase the spread of COVID-19.

    What is added by this report?

    Forty-six cases of COVID-19 were linked to an indoor bar opening event that occurred during February 2021 in a rural Illinois county. Event patrons were linked to secondary cases among household, long-term care facility, and school contacts, resulting in one hospitalization and one school closure affecting 650 students.

    What are the implications for public health practice?

    Opening up settings such as bars, where mask wearing and physical distancing are challenging, can affect the community. As community businesses reopen, prevention measures should be emphasized, including limiting building occupancy, improving ventilation, prioritizing outdoor seating, enforcing correct mask wearing and physical distancing, staying home when ill, and encouraging COVID-19 vaccination to reduce transmission on site and within the community.

    https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/...cid=mm7014e3_e

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