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‘Santa’ may have exposed 50 kids to COVID-19 at Georgia event

The couple who performed Santa and Mrs. Claus at a Christmas parade and photo-op in Georgia final week examined optimistic for COVID-19 two days later.

Dozens of kids have been presumably uncovered to COVID-19 at a Christmas occasion in southeast Georgia after having their pictures taken with “Santa” and “Mrs. Claus,” who later examined optimistic for the coronavirus. 

The Lengthy County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Christmas parade on Dec. 10 in Ludowici, adopted by a tree lighting a chance for teenagers to fulfill Santa and Mrs. Claus. Two days later, the couple who portrayed the jolly couple examined optimistic for COVID-19 after receiving a fast check, in keeping with WTOC. 

Neither Santa or Mrs. Claus have been symptomatic on the time of the occasion, in keeping with the Lengthy County Board of Commissioners. 

Fee chair Robert Parker mentioned round 50 youngsters took a photograph with Santa and have been presumably uncovered to COVID-19 in the course of the occasion. He advised WSAV that his personal youngsters took pictures with Santa in the course of the “nicely attended” occasion.

“I really feel that you will need to be aware that exposures occur day by day as we go about our day after day lives, usually with none data,” Lengthy County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert D. Parker mentioned in an announcement. “Kids are in shut contact with each different youngsters and adults each day in school, rec capabilities, and church. Correct CDC publicity pointers needs to be adopted in case your little one was uncovered, nevertheless I don’t really feel this incident is trigger for panic.”

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“I’ve identified the parents that painting Mr. and Mrs. Claus, my entire life they have been doing it after I was a baby and I might inform you that they’d by no means deliberately, had they identified they have been sick, had they felt sick, they’d’ve by no means deliberately put anyone in hurt’s manner,” Parker advised WTOC.

The native college system is asking college students who have been uncovered to the virus to remain dwelling till after the vacation break, in keeping with WTOC. 

The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommends quarantining for 14 days after contact with somebody who examined optimistic for COVID-19, for those who have been lower than 6-feet away for greater than 15 minutes. 

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As for the actual Santa, youngsters needn’t fear as a result of he is immune from coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the World Well being Group not too long ago declared.

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