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Photo by Katy Reckdahl. At least 41 people who attended a swingers gathering in New Orleans in November have tested positive for the coronavirusaccording to the event's organizer. One of those attendees was hospitalized in serious condition but has since been released, said Bob Hannaford, the organizer of the annual Naughty in N'awlins swingers gathering.
Most of the cases were asymptomatic or very mild, he said. Update: Why coronavirus outbreak tied to New Orleans swingers event is a 'metaphor for the U. Masks were worn at events, social distancing was enforced, contact diaries were kept and attendees were tested for the virus or antibodies before the gathering, he wrote. He said he blames complacency for the spread of the virus, based on his conversations with attendees as part of contact tracing efforts. Read Hannaford's full blog post. At the time of the event, a city spokesman said it expected "full compliance" with safety guidelines from event attendees.
While Hannaford said earlier this month he thought the event was responsible, it also occurred in the middle of a national surge in coronavirus cases. Many convention attendees were from out of state. Hannaford's blog post did not address how many workers at the NOPSI Hotel, which hosted the convention, have tested positive. The hotel's manager didn't immediately return a request for comment Tuesday.
Event organizers said they'd been in contact with city and state health officials before the convention to detail their plans. The city and state didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday on contact tracing efforts. The convention is hardly the first instance of an outbreak linked to a gathering in Louisiana. Although the huge of cases in Louisiana has complicated tracing outbreaks, the Louisiana Department of Health says it has tied cases to bars, cases to casinos, cases to restaurants, 66 cases to "social events" and 57 cases to weddings.
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New Orleans swingers' convention led to 41 Covid infections, event organizer says