More than 70 people in Wisconsin test positive for coronavirus after admitting to attending a “big meeting” in the state
- The Wisconsin Department of Health said that 72 people who tested positive for COVID-19 on or after April 26 attended a large meeting shortly before
- On April 24, thousands of anti-lockdown protesters gathered outside the main Madison building demanding an end to Gov Evers’ shutdown
- Protesters were pictured ignoring social distance rules and shunning face masks during the mass rally
- It was one of the largest anti-lockdown meetings in the entire country
- At that time, there were 5,356 cases and 262 deaths in the state
- As of Wednesday, 10,611 have fallen and the death toll has reached 418
- The DHS has not specifically tracked whether the ‘big meeting’ was the rally, so it is not possible to confirm that individuals there contracted the virus
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More than 70 people in Wisconsin tested positive for coronavirus after admitting to attending a “ big gathering ” in the state – around the same time that thousands of protesters were depicted ignoring social detachment and shunning face masks during a massive anti-lockdown- meeting.
The state’s Department of Health (DHS) confirmed that 72 individuals diagnosed with the deadly virus on or after April 26 had attended a large meeting not long before their diagnosis.
“We were able to gather a limited amount of data – from 1,986 cases with onset / diagnosis on or after April 26, there were 72 cases who reported attending a large meeting,” said Jennifer Miller, a DHS spokesperson. The progressive.
Two days earlier, on April 24, thousands of protesters gathered outside the Wisconsin main building in Madison, demanding that Democratic Governor Tony Evers reopen the state for business.
More than 70 people in Wisconsin tested positive for coronavirus after admitting to attending a “ big gathering ” in the state – around the same time that thousands of protesters were depicted ignoring social detachment and shunning face masks during a massive anti-lockdown- meeting (shown))
A man holds a sign and shuns a face mask during the April 24 rally, when thousands of protesters gathered outside Wisconsin’s Wisconsin main building and demanded that Democratic Governor Tony Evers reopen the state for business
Photos from the rally revealed swarms of protesters, many of them with Donald Trump paraphernalia and American flags, few of whom wore face masks and most of whom were close together, defying health guidelines to stay six feet apart.
It was one of the largest anti-lockdown rallies in the entire country.
At the time, there were 5,356 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin and 262 people had died.
As of Wednesday, things have nearly doubled to 10,611 and the death toll has reached 418.
The DHS collected data on the individual cases as part of the state’s contact tracking program, but did not specifically track the large gatherings people attended.
This means that it is not possible to confirm that one or all individuals were present at the Reopen Wisconsin rally.
Flocks of people gathered outside the state house (photo). It was one of the largest anti-lockdown meetings in the entire country
Photos from the rally revealed swarms of protesters, many wearing Donald Trump sports gear and American flags, with few wearing face masks and most packed close together, defying health guidelines to stay six feet from others
“Potential exposures during protests were not specifically added to the database because we are already asking questions about large gatherings,” Miller told The Progressive.
“Contact tracers do ask if patients attended massive meetings, but not specifically about protests, so there really is no data on who may have sustained COVID-19 during a protest.”
Miller added, “No, it is not specifically mentioned that the 72 were at a rally, but this is the data we have.”
DailyMail.com has contacted DHS for comment and clarification of their criteria for a “major meeting.”
The fact that confirmed cases against attendance at the anti-lockdown rally have not been tracked is due to the fact that the DHS has measured cases against attendance at polling stations.
The data showed that 67 people tested positive for coronavirus after personally voting at polling stations in the state on April 7, The Progressive reported.