A New Orleans swingers convention was dubbed a 'superspreader' event after 41 attendees got COVID-19
- A New Orleans swingers party of 300 people is being called a
superspreaderevent after 41 attendees tested positive for COVID-19.
- Naughty in N'awlins was held November 11 through November 14, with safety measures in place that required guests to wear masks and keep a diary of anyone they had interacted with longer than 10 minutes.
- Party organizer Bob Hannaford wrote that he regretted hosting the event in a blog post.
- "If I could go back in time, I would not produce this event again," Hannaford wrote.
The 300-person Naughty in N'awlins
Guests were required to wear masks inside the venue, social distance, and keep a journal of everyone they had made contact with at the event.
But even a smaller group and a requirement for attendees to get tested before the event wasn't enough to keep the coronavirus from infiltrating the event at the NOPSI Hotel.
On November 23, five people tested positive. The next day 14 more tested positive, and the day after that, it jumped to 29 total cases. Hannaford wrote though the current total is 41 cases, his team is still contact tracing to find any other positive COVID cases.
According to Hannaford, most of the convention's COVID-19 cases are mild or asymptomatic, with the exception of one hospitalization (the person has since recovered).
He and his wife said they regret putting on the event.
"If I could go back in time, I would not produce this event again," Hannaford wrote in a blog post. "I wouldn't do it again if I knew then what I know now. It weighs on me and it will continue to weigh on me until everyone is 100% better."
The Louisiana Department of Health alone has linked nine COVID-19 outbreaks to weddings, nine outbreaks to social events, and 60 to restaurants.
"Hosting one of these events after all New York has been through is obnoxious and irresponsible — not to mention illegal," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said after the New York wedding resulted in over 30 COVID-19 cases.
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