Man who tested positive for COVID-19 after 400 people showed up at his Independence Day party said, “We really didn’t think twice about the virus, it won’t happen to us”
- The Cass County health department linked 21 cases to the July 3 party
- Cole Wood, who helped plan the party, has since experienced Covid-19 symptoms
- Everyone who attended the party is asked to quarantine for 14 days
A man who helped plan an Independence Day party attended by an estimated 400 people and has been linked to a cluster of coronavirus cases said the group “didn’t really think” about Covid-19.
Cole Wood of Harrisonville, Missouri picked up the party held at a townhouse and says they didn’t let the corona virus scare them off when planning the event.
“A lot of people showed up and we didn’t really think about the whole virus, it won’t happen to us, you know? I think there are about 300, but it could be closer to 400, ”Wood said OzarksFirst.com.
A week later, Cass County health department has now said that 21 of the party’s participants have since tested positive for the coronavirus.
Cole Wood, pictured during an interview with Fox4 news, said the corona virus was not a consideration when hosting a party of up to 400 people
Cole Wood filmed the party (pictured above) and is now experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and isolating himself
The party did not have a specified guest list, so it is difficult for authorities to estimate the number of people who could have been exposed to the virus.
“I had two to three friends at the same time, like, hey, I’m sick, I said, so am I, that’s weird,” said Wood. “We started joining two and two together and were like, this could be bad.”
Wood told the station that he is now quarantining himself after experiencing symptoms and then testing positive for Covid-19.
The authorities are asking everyone who was at the party to isolate themselves for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms related to the virus.
Andrew Warlen, director of the Cass County health department, said the cluster likely started from the party hosted by high school students in southern Harrisonville.
“For these kids, I have no doubt that most of them will have mild to no symptoms,” said Warlen Monday, “but the problem is, I can’t say the same for their parents or their grandparents or their teachers. ‘
The country’s health department conducted tests on all attendees who were party or who interacted with someone who attended the party.
The Cass Count Health Department sent a message on Facebook and in a press release (below) asking everyone who attended the party to get tested so they could track the possible spread of the virus
“I think the general message is that although things are reopening, we’re not back to normal,” said Warlen. “Avoiding large gatherings is a really good idea.”
The nearby Pleasant Hill school district emailed the parents to warn them that the party may have included many students in the district, prompting him to suspend a summer school program and ongoing athletic training.
People have been asked to contact their primary care provider or the Cass County Health Department if symptoms occur.
Figures show that Cass County makes up 316 of the 32,160 confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri, and has also seen nine of the state’s 777 related deaths.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, including fever and cough.
However, for some, especially the elderly and those with pre-existing health problems, it can cause a more serious illness, including pneumonia. The majority of people who recover and test positive for the virus recover.
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) sources on Covid-19.