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32 Test Positive for COVID After Ohio Wedding

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November 20, 2020 -- A wedding in Ohio apparently became a super-spreader event when 32 people, including the bride and groom and three of their grandparents, became sick with the coronavirus afterward.

Eighty-three people attended Mikayla and Anthony Bishop’s wedding on Halloween in Blue Ash, outside Cincinnati, reported TV station WLWT.

The couple reduced the guest list from around 250 and provided face masks and hand sanitizer at the venue entrance, but not everybody took advantage of the safety precautions, the couple said.

"My big moment honestly was right when the ceremony started and the doors opened and both my parents walked me down the aisle,” Mikayla Bishop said. “The first thing I see is I see everyone's face. And that's when I realized wow. Nobody's wearing a mask. I'm walking down the aisle. We can't do anything now."

"When I saw everyone not wearing masks I was just like, 'Oh, well I guess we're just gonna kinda go with it,'" Anthony Bishop said.

Both the bride and groom started showing symptoms while honeymooning at a cabin in North Carolina. Then they started hearing about other people getting sick.

"What's crazy is that our grandparents were the only ones that wore a mask the whole time. They actually wore their mask except for when they were eating their dinner," Mikayla Bishop said.

The bride said the dance floor may have been where the virus was spread.

"That's what was maybe the super spreader is the dance floor," Mikayla Bishop said. "Everybody's in each other's face and there's no masks."

Their wedding occurred weeks before Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine imposed new limits on social gatherings that effectively prohibit dancing at wedding receptions and birthday parties. The state now requires “open congregate areas” to be closed, and people must stay seated unless they’re eating or drinking.

Other social events have turned into super spreaders.

After an Oct. 17 wedding on Long Island, 30 people tested positive and 159 were told to quarantine, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone said. Bellone said 90 people attended the wedding, violating the New York state rule limiting social events to 50 people.

Also on Long Island, 37 people tested positive and 270 were told to quarantine after a birthday party attended by about 80 people.

In Ritzville, Washington, more than 300 wedding attendees were asked to get tested after attending a wedding in early November. Anyone who attended the wedding was asked to quarantine after several people tested positive. Weddings in the state were supposed to be limited to 30 people.

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Sources

WLWT. Cincinnati couple shares story after wedding becomes a 'super spreader' event

WebMD. "Shutdowns Back as States Face COVID 'Breaking Point"

CBS News. "Dozens test positive for COVID-19 after "superspreader" Sweet 16 party in New York."

AP News. "Officials: 300 attend wedding leading to virus outbreak," November 16, 2020.

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