LANSING, MI — According to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), at least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in this year’s attendees. Some of these individuals were at the festival while they were infectious.
MDHHS is encouraging all unvaccinated visitors of the Faster Horses Festival to get tested.
“Although we have made great progress with vaccination in our state, the virus continues to circulate in Michigan and across the country,” chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said. “Attendees at the festival may have been exposed and are urged to get tested if they are not fully vaccinated or if they develop symptoms. “
People with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic or have a wide range of symptoms – from mild to severe illness. Symptoms generally appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Individuals experiencing severe symptoms such as trouble breathing, chest pain, inability to wake or stay awake or pale or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds, should seek emergency care immediately.