A cluster of COVID-19 cases in New York City has been linked to the Electric Zoo music festival.
The New York City Department of Health (NYC DOH) is investigating the outbreak and has uncovered at least 16 cases related to the event, which took place on Randalls Island.
Officials are urging all attendees, whether vaccinated or not, to get tested for the virus.
Large gatherings such as music festivals returned this year after being forced to take a year off due to COVID-19.
While it is believed that most of these events were able to successfully prevent large-scale spread of the virus due to testing and vaccination requirements, some cases can be traced back to these events.
Electric Zoo, a music festival in Randall’s Island Park in New York City, has been linked to a cluster of COVID-19 cases involving at least 16 people. Researchers think that at least eight people have arrived contagious. Pictured: A crowd of revelers at Electric Zoo on September 5
Electric Zoo demanded that all attendees receive at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, and those who tested positive for the virus before participating were refunded. An estimated 100,000 people attended. Pictured: KshMR performing at Electric Zoo on September 5
“The Department of Health is leading this investigation, but New Yorkers play a critical role,” NYC Health Commissioner Dr Dave Chokshi said in a statement. pronunciation issued by the DOH.
“Everyone who has attended this festival should be tested immediately, whether or not they have been vaccinated. This is especially urgent if those present have complaints.’
Electric Zoo is an annual electronic dance music festival that takes place over Labor Day weekend on Randalls Island in New York City.
More than 100,000 people attend the three-day event.
This year, participants had to have received at least one injection of a COVID-19 vaccine to participate.
If a person tested positive for the virus within 14 days of the event, organizers would offer them a refund, according to the festival’s website.
In addition to the 16 cases, the NYC DOH said it believes at least eight people visited the Electric Zoo while contagious with the virus.
However, it is likely that these individuals were exposed before attending the festival.
Electric Zoo isn’t the only major open-air festival discovered to have caused the virus to spread.
Lollapalooza, a Chicago festival with more than 400,000 attendees, was associated with 203 cases.
For festivals as large as Electric Zoo and Lollapalooza, the number of cases associated with the events is relatively low and can be considered successes.
These successes can be attributed to Covid protocols that set up the events – Lollapalooza required a negative test or full vaccination to participate.
Other festivals that didn’t have this kind of requirement turned out to be Covid hotspots.
Pendleton Whiskey Music Fest, which took place in mid-July with 12,000 in attendance in Pendleton, Oregon, was found to be the source of at least 62 Covid cases.
About 70,000 people also attended the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn, Michigan in July, and 92 cases were traced to the event.
Neither event had masking, testing, or vaccination requirements to participate.
Some of the health officials who matter to these festivals can also be underestimated, and even the successes may not be as bright as they seem at first glance.
“This work is not always completely accurate and often gives us undercounts,” Dr. Mercedes Carnethon, vice chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, told me. USA today last month.