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At least 19 people got Covid-19 after attending a county fair in Ohio, health officials say

July 24, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The health department in Pickaway County, Ohio, has reported at least 19 cases of Covid-19 among people who attended the county fair last month.

(CNN)The health department in Pickaway County, Ohio, has reported at least 19 cases of Covid-19 among people who attended the county fair last month.

Additionally, there are three cases among family members of those who attended the fair in Circleville, Pickaway County Public Health said in a report.

"For the Pickaway County Fair Board and people executing the fair planning and event, there was a lack of implementation on the precautions taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19," the health department's report said.

Organizers of the Pickaway County Fair disputed the health department's statement in a post on Facebook Thursday morning, saying the health department had not directly notified the fair about the coronavirus cases and that fair organizers had not seen the report at that time.

Fair organizers noted that a health department representative praised the fair for its planning and collaboration with county agencies in a meeting on Wednesday.

According to the health department report, the fair attracts people from surrounding counties and states who participate in animal shows, rides and eating.

The report notes that the health department, along with several other local government organizations, was involved in planning the event but the Pickaway County Fair Board did not implement the safety measures effectively.

Staff from the health department "spent a significant amount of time collaborating for the planning of the 2020 Pickaway County Fair as well as attending the fair consistently to let the Fair Board members know where the failure to implement was occurring," the report says.

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