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Coronavirus cases in NYC linked to Tulum festival that became superspreader event: report
A COVID testing company says the majority of positive tests were from individuals who went to the Art With Me festival in Tulum, Mexico, or came in close contact with someone who went, a new report suggests
Health official says up to 70% of positive COVID tests were direct result of Art With Me festival.
A Burning Man-like beach festival in Mexico became a hot spot for COVID-19 when a number of attendees contracted the virus and appeared to have carried it back with them to the U.S., a new report suggests.
Art With Me, a four-day art and music festival in Tulum, Mexico, which is now being referred to as a superspreader event, was held from Nov. 11 to Nov. 15. Attendees told the Daily Beast there was minimal social distancing and hardly any mask-wearing.
Checkmate Health Strategies, a private COVID testing company, has since said the majority of positive COVID tests administered in the past few weeks were from individuals who went to the Art With Me festival or those who came in contact with someone in attendance, the company told the outlet.
“I would say that 60-70 percent of my positives in the last couple weeks in New York City have been a direct result of either people coming back from Art With Me, or who have been directly exposed to someone who attended Art With Me. And I test in Miami as well, and my testers there tell me that a lot of their positives are people coming back from Art With Me,” Checkmate Health Strategies founder Eleonora Walczak told the Daily Beast.