No ‘marked uptick’ in COVID-19 cases due to protests

No ‘marked uptick’ in COVID-19 cases due to protests
Protest crowd, social-proximating. CBS News video, YouTube

[Ed. –  You knew this was coming.  As night follows day.  It’s like watching toddlers conspire to open the baby gate when Mom isn’t looking.]

Early coronavirus testing data from a handful of U.S. cities and states suggest that recent protests against racial injustices haven’t yet led to a marked uptick in new cases. Public-health officials warn that the data is still preliminary, however, and protest-related cases could still rise.

In Minnesota, where the police killing of George Floyd led to protests there and across the country, 1.8% of test results have come back positive as of Monday among 3,200 protesters who were tested at community sites, the state’s health department said. An additional 8,500 Minnesota protesters have been tested through their health-care providers or at other sites, with a positivity rate of 0.99% so far, according to the department.

“We’re delighted that we are not seeing a huge increase in cases,” Kris Ehresmann, the infectious disease division director at the Minnesota Department of Health, said at a media briefing on Wednesday.

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