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Gridiron superspreader event has hit at least 72 participants...
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: April 11, 2022 08:18PM
[arstechnica.com]

At least 72 of the over 600 people who attended the mostly maskless Gridiron Dinner—an exclusive annual event frequented by high-profile Washington, DC, elites—have since tested positive for COVID-19. The dinner took place on April 2.

The growing tally may herald a nationwide rise in infections from the BA.2 omicron subvariant amid relaxed health measures. BA.2 is now the dominant variant circulating in the US and is more transmissible than the initial ultra-transmissible omicron subvariant, BA.1.

So far, over 20 states and Washington, DC, are reporting upticks in cases over the past two weeks, and nearly 10 states are seeing an increase in hospitalizations, according to data tracking by The New York Times. Over half of the country's wastewater sites monitoring for SARS-CoV-2 levels have also detected rises in the past two weeks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The monitoring is intended to act as an early warning signal for case surges...

Already, the growing tally includes three Cabinet members, several lawmakers, high-profile aides, and journalists. Attorney General Merrick Garland tested positive after going to the event but not before he attended a news conference with FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) added her name to the list of infected attendees of the white-tie-and-gown event. New York Mayor Eric Adams, who attended, announced a positive test Sunday. Last week, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.), Scott Peters (D-Calif.), and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.), among other members of Congress, announced positive tests, though some did not attend the dinner.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—who did not attend the Gridiron Dinner—announced that she, too, was infected last week, highlighting the wider spread of the virus among Washington's upper echelon. Pelosi and others announced their positive test results after spending time with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.






The only mention of the pandemic in last night's local news was a mention of Nancy Pelosi.



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Re: Gridiron superspreader event has hit at least 72 participants...
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 11, 2022 08:23PM
hubris and arrogance will get you in some interesting ways.



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Re: Gridiron superspreader event has hit at least 72 participants...
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 11, 2022 08:48PM
Idiots.



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Re: Gridiron superspreader event has hit at least 72 participants...
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 11, 2022 10:03PM
see ya at the seder and Easter dinner!
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Re: Gridiron superspreader event has hit at least 72 participants...
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 11, 2022 10:11PM
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Steve G.
see ya at the seder and Easter dinner!


That's exactly what was on our docket this week. We'll see.



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: Gridiron superspreader event has hit at least 72 participants...
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 11, 2022 10:48PM
Hearing about stuff like this is why it's just as easy to keep a mask on while I get a haircut.






I am that Masked Man.

All you can do, is all you can do.

There’s trouble — it's time to play the sound of my people.

Your boos mean nothing to me, I've seen what you cheer for.

Insisting on your rights without acknowledging your responsibilities isn’t freedom, it’s adolescence.

I've been to the edge of the map, and there be monsters.

We are a government of laws, not men.

Everybody counts or nobody counts.

When a good man is hurt,
all who would be called good
must suffer with him.

You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead.

There is no safety for honest men except
by believing all possible evil of evil men.

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An armed society is a polite society.
And hope is a lousy defense.

You make me pull, I'll put you down.

I *love* SIGs. It's Glocks I hate.
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Re: Gridiron superspreader event has hit at least 72 participants...
Posted by: RgrF
Date: April 11, 2022 11:18PM
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Racer X
hubris and arrogance will get you in some interesting ways.

Seems when in power both parties are susceptible to and actually exult in the exhibition of those and many other cardinal sins.
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Re: Gridiron superspreader event has hit at least 72 participants...
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: April 12, 2022 05:08AM
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RAMd®d
Hearing about stuff like this is why it's just as easy to keep a mask on while I get a haircut.

Totally agree. I have never said "I wish I didn’t wear a mask" but I could see myself regretting not wearing an N95 in a building.
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