By Scott Hunter
Grand Coulee Star 

Outdoor concert spreads virus


Last updated 8/20/2021 at 10:54am

An outdoor music festival in Grant County spread Covid-19 across the state, perhaps underscoring the new realization that the most common variant of the virus that causes it spreads far more easily, even outdoors.

The Watershed Musical Festival held outdoors at The Gorge July 30-Aug. 1 is associated with over 230 new cases of COVID-19, Grant County Health District reported Friday.

Those cases were spread across the state, identified among Washington residents of King, Grant, Pierce, Skagit, Kitsap, Whatcom, Kittitas, Okanogan, San Juan, Lincoln, Spokane, Snohomish and Stevens counties, and one from Oregon.

“We urge the public to self-quarantine and seek testing if you attended the music festival,” a district statement reads.

District Public Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brezny told the Board of Health Wednesday some had attended knowing they were infected with the disease.

“We have discovered people who actually had COVID, who showed up and decided that it’s OK to be there,” Brezny said.

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