Breaking: Coronavirus Hits Winter Party Festival Miami-One Guest Tests Positive For COVD-19

The worldwide pandemic that is affecting every single one of us has now struck squarely in the middle of one of the biggest circuit events of the year; Winter Party Festival Miami. Earlier this evening, the official Instagram page for Winter Party Festival announced in a posting that one of the guests at WPF has tested positive for COVD-19. 

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Greetings Winter Party Guests, I am writing to let you know that on Saturday night (the 14th), I was informed that one of our Winter Party Festival (WPF) guests has tested positive for COVID-19 this last week. We are grateful to them for alerting us, particularly given that they were not experiencing symptoms during WPF. While we know there are many places people could have been exposed before and after Winter Party as this virus has developed, we wanted to make sure you have this information as soon as possible. The health and safety of anyone who participates in any Task Force event is of great importance to us. Information and circumstances have changed rapidly since WPF. We continue to encourage all WPF guests to monitor their health, practice social distancing, wash hands with soap, use hand sanitizer and contact their doctor if they think they are exhibiting symptoms. If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact those you were in direct contact with so they can take steps to monitor their health and speak with their doctors. More information from the CDC can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Given what we knew at the time about the virus prior to WPF and working with local Miami Beach officials, we took steps to ensure the safety of attendees. The educational posters throughout WPF venues and 10,000 hand sanitizers we distributed over the weekend were both appreciated and utilized by attendees. Again, please take care of yourselves and if you test positive for COVID-19 in the couple of weeks, please feel free to email me at rea@thetaskforce.org – Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

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Details are scarce about how many people this person possibly interacted with during the annual circuit event held in Miami (the entire festival ran from March 4th through March 10th), but with official Winter Party events that were held everywhere from the Wilton Manors area of Fort Lauderdale all the way to Miami Beach, there is a definite need for concern. As many of the peak and most populated events of the Festival are typical circuit parties where people are in extremely close proximity, acting responsibly right now is paramount. For any assistance or to get information on testing please go to the CDC website here

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