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At least 10 cases of COVID-19 linked to Ionia Free Fair

Ionia Free Fair attracts large crowds after hosting first post-pandemic festival
Posted at 3:56 PM, Aug 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-02 15:56:02-04

IONIA, Mich. — An outbreak of COVID-19 cases has been connected to the Ionia Free Fair.

According to the Ionia County Health Department, at least 10 cases of COVID-19 have been connected to this year’s fair attendees, including individuals who were at the festival while they were symptomatic and infectious.

The health department says those who attended the Ionia Free Fair may have been exposed to the virus and are attendees who have not been fully vaccinated to get tested. Fully vaccinated individuals who start experiencing symptoms should also get tested for the coronavirus.

“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,” said Ionia County Health Officer Ken Bowen.

Symptoms of the coronavirus usually appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus and may include: fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Raul Alvarez, spokesman for the fair, told Fox 17 he hopes the number of cases linked to the fair doesn't increase.

The Ionia Free Fair was contacted by the local health department today regarding ten cases of COVID that they have traced to this year's Fair. We wish those affected a speedy recovery, and urge any fairgoers who may be experiencing symptoms to seek testing and immediate medical attention if necessary. With between 350,000 and 400,000 estimated in attendance over the Fair's nine days of activities and the virus's incubation period only days away, we are hopeful that the number of cases will not increase past the number reported today.