CRSSD Festival moved forward with their event last weekend in San Diego amidst concerns surrounding COVID-19, serving as a dancefloor mecca for house and techno lovers. However, the San Diego Union Tribune confirmed that two individuals whom attended the event have tested positive for coronavirus.
Dr. Eric McDonald, medical director of San Diego County’s epidemiology and immunization services branch, shared:
Contact-tracing investigations have found that a total of two people with known COVID-19 attended the concert. One was known to have traveled to a country where a coronavirus outbreak is ongoing while the second got sick after attending the event, he said. Given that it takes three to five days for symptoms to appear after infection, the executive said it is likely that the infection occurred before the event, not during it.
In an attempt to see a silver lining amidst this global pandemic, we’re at least happy to hear that one of the individuals did not pick up the virus at CRSSD. Rumors circulating and Twitter shared that he – an SDSU student – had previously traveled to Italy and then attended the event. It’s sad to hear that he chose to risk the safety of thousands after traveling to a known outbreak country.
Business As Usual
San Diego County’s public health officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, allowed events to continue last weekend since there were no reported cases in San Diego at the time. Other events across the state and country went on as usual as well, including the Los Angeles Marathon and Okeechobee.
The CDC’s urging to cancel large gatherings did not come until the following Monday.
Taking Precautionary Measures
CRSSD also took extra precautions to ensure everyone’s health and safety. This included extra hand sanitizer at the bathrooms and cashless payment options at the bars. Unfortunately, the one variable out of the event’s control was their attendees, not knowing where they had come from, or to whom they had been exposed prior.
CRSSD has been in contact with San Diego County regarding next steps for their attendees. At this time, no one is known to have caught the virus at the event.
San Diego County has now reported 60 COVID cases. Be safe out there, and please wash your hands.