• A February bar opening in rural Illinois led to at least 46 COVID-19 cases and a hospitalization.
  • It also was linked to a school closure affecting 650 children.
  • The case demonstrates the importance of mitigation measures as venues continue to reopen.
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A February bar opening in rural Illinois led to at least 46 COVID-19 cases, a school closure affecting 650 children, and the hospitalization of one resident at a long-term care facility, a Monday report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

One attendee had tested positive for COVID-19 the day before the event, but didn’t have symptoms, while four others had COVID-19 symptoms on the day of the event, the report said.

The CDC reported that despite spaced-out tables and signs encouraging distancing and mask use, patrons didn’t consistently wear masks or maintain physical distance, and the indoor venue didn’t

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