Media starting to notice connection between mass gatherings for Floyd protests and spike in Covid cases

Fox 26:
Protesters from the last few weeks have started testing positive for Coronavirus COVID-19.

Roughly two weeks ago, Shamone Turner and her friends, joined a large demonstration for George Floyd. An estimated 60,000 people were in attendance, marching from Discovery Green to Houston’s City Hall.

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“I actually got sick the day after the march,” said Turner. “I could not move out of the bed. I was in the bed just sighing.”

According to Turner, several of her friends with her at the march also tested positive for the Coronavirus. Turner says they were all wearing masks.

“I definitely don’t regret getting the COVID, because I was out there doing the right thing for the right cause,” said Turner.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continues to climb across Texas.

MORE: Texas coronavirus COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased statewide

Nearly 90,000 people have tested positive throughout the state including 17,000 in Harris County. A majority of the cases have resulted in recoveries. However, almost 2,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Texas.

“If you’ve been a part of large gatherings, just go and get tested,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

In a press conference Monday, a reporter asked Mayor Turner if he’d consider another stay-home order for the Houston area.
I suspect that most of these cases involve young people without preexisting conditions that tend to make the disease fatal.  What seems clear is that those who seem to think that because it was a protest they would not get sick were wrong.  Unlike the mass gathering for Trump rallies, there was no screening of participants at the protests.

If this is the cause of the spike, it should make it less likely that it will spread, assuming those who are sick self-isolate.


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