A 300-person wedding in Washington State has caused at least 17 infections and two subsequent outbreaks from attendees, health officials said Tuesday, in the latest example of a “superspreader wedding.”
The Nov. 7 wedding in Ritzville violated state health orders limiting wedding ceremonies to 30 people.
Grant County health officials said they are trying to notify attendees about their potential exposure, but since the event was so large, they conceded local health jurisdictions are unlikely to reach them all.
Anyone who attended the wedding is being asked to self-quarantine until November 21.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee put further restrictions on weddings this week as coronavirus cases continue to rise, banning indoor receptions of any kind in conjunction with ceremonies.
117%. That’s how much the daily count of new Covid-19 cases in Washington has increased over the past 14 days, according to CovidExitStrategy.
Several weddings across the country have been responsible for large outbreaks. A 55-person August wedding in Maine ended with half the guests contracting the virus, which then led to an outbreak involving 177 people and seven deaths. And a country club in Long Island had its liquor license revoked after it hosted a 113-person wedding that resulted in 34 infections among guests and venue employees.