A Kansas resident has examined positive for the coronavirus after attending a latest protest in opposition to police brutality, health officials introduced on Friday.
Officials with the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health Division stated the individual attended a protest in downtown Lawrence on Might 31. They suggested anybody who attended the demonstration to self-isolate and monitor for signs.
“Similar to what we would ask anyone who goes out in public right now, we are asking anyone who attended the recent protest to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate if they become sick as well as call their healthcare provider for next steps,” stated Informatics Director Sonia Jordan.
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The unidentified protester admitted he was not carrying a masks in the course of the demonstration, health officials added.
His positive take a look at comes as health officials within the U.S. have raised considerations that nationwide protests over George Floyd’s loss of life in police custody might spark a wider unfold of the coronavirus — amid months of stay-at-home orders to restrict the virus’s unfold.
“It is the perfect set-up for the spread of the virus in the sense of creating some blips which might turn into some surges,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force, told radio station WTOP-FM in Washington, D.C.
The packed mass demonstrations have seen many without masks, some chanting, shouting, or singing, because the U.S. is nearing 2 million confirmed coronavirus instances. Greater than 100,500 deaths from the virus have additionally been recorded within the states.
The coronavirus is especially thought to unfold from individual to individual contact inside shut distances, the CDC added.
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“As I sat in front of the TV and watched the screen go from Washington, D.C., to New York City, to Los Angeles, to Philadelphia, I got really concerned,” Fauci informed the Sunday Times of London. “I used to be going, ‘Oh my goodness. I hope this doesn’t set us again lots.’ [After] the entire work in making an attempt to keep up the bodily distance and doing all of the issues, I grew to become very involved that we’d see a resurgence.”
In keeping with the CDC, signs might seem 2-14 days after publicity to the virus.
“For people who do go into public spaces right now, we advise them to follow social distancing best practices of wearing a mask and trying to stand six feet away from others,” health officials added.
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Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health epidemiology employees said they have been notified of the positive take a look at on Friday after the pattern was taken Thursday.
Fox Information’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report