Daily Beast: As U.S. schools struggled to safely reopen over the past year, a fierce debate erupted over why bars and restaurants, known vectors for the spread of COVID-19, were allowed to operate even as in-person learning was at risk.
New CDC study:
46 COVID cases linked to one indoor event at a rural Illinois bar.
29 from people at the event, who then spread it to an additional 17 people, including 3 at a nursing home, and closing a school serving 650 kidshttps://t.co/tWn7ASEyKB
— Peter Sullivan (@PeterSullivan4) April 5, 2021
Now, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows exactly how reckless behavior at bars by adults can imperil education for kids. An unnamed bar in rural Illinois opened in early February and was soon linked to 46 total COVID-19 cases, at least one hospitalization, and the temporary closure of a school that affected some 650 students.
One bar re-opening caused an outbreak of 46 COVID-19 infections and a school closure affecting 650 kids https://t.co/veCgHyLwy9
— Science Insider (@SciInsider) April 5, 2021
Attendees said social distancing and mask use were weak despite the venue asking people to take safety measures.
COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois bar infects 46, forces school closure: CDC report https://t.co/mXd1bw8kP6
— FOX 32 News (@fox32news) April 5, 2021
Also hit by the outbreak, according to the report: a long-term care facility, where at least one employee attended the bar opening, and a significant portion of staff had declined vaccination.