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Illinois bar opening event linked to 46 Covid-19 cases, a school closure and hospitalization, CDC report says

April 5, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A rural Illinois bar opening event in February was linked to a Covid-19 outbreak of at least 46 cases, a school closure and the hospitalization of a long-term care facility resident, according to a United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

(CNN)A rural Illinois bar opening event in February was linked to a Covid-19 outbreak of at least 46 cases, a school closure and the hospitalization of a long-term care facility resident, according to a United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

The Illinois Department of Public Health identified 29 individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 or had Covid-19-like symptoms within 14 days after the indoor bar opening event.

Two of the secondary Covid-19 cases were student athletes in close contact of a bar attendee with Covid-19 who attended indoor sports practice and in-person classes.

Three of the secondary Covid-19 cases were long-term care facility residents in close contact of a bar attendee who worked as a certified nursing assistant.

The nurse tested positive for Covid-19 four days after the bar opening event.

One person who contracted one of these secondary Covid-19 cases became hospitalized within 14 days of the positive test result.

Two weeks after the event, the seven-day average daily Covid-19 incidence in the county more than doubled to at least 86 cases per 100,000 people, according to the report.

"Bars can play a role in community spread of COVID-19 because of limited mask use while eating or drinking and lack of consistent physical distancing," the authors wrote in the report.

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