Aug 13, 2021 - Health

Chicago officials: "No evidence" Lollapalooza was superspreader event

Picture of the crowd in Lollapalooza in 2021

Crowd begins to mosh during Limp Bizkit's set at Lollapalooza 2021 at Grant Park on July 31 in Chicago. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Chicago public health officials said Thursday that there is "no evidence at this point" to suggest that Lollapalooza was a superspreader event, with a total of 203 coronavirus cases identified so far.

By the numbers: Chicago’s Public Health commissioner Allison Arwady said that of the estimated 385,000 attendees, over 90% were vaccinated. She added that 0.04% of vaccinated attendees reported testing positive for the virus.

  • 0.16% of unvaccinated attendees tested positive.
  • No hospitalizations or deaths have been reported as of Wednesday.

Of the 203 total cases that have been reported, 58 were Chicago residents, 138 were non-Chicago Illinois residents and seven lived outside of the state.

What they're saying: "We've had no unexpected findings at this point. There’s no evidence at this point of a superspreader event, and there's no evidence of substantial impact to Chicago's COVID epidemiology," Arwady said during a news conference.

  • Chicago is still seeing a rise in cases. New cases are up by 39% since last week, and COVID-related hospital visits are up by 6%, per ABC Chicago.

The big picture: The festival was held at full capacity between July 29 and Aug. 1 after it was canceled last year due to the pandemic. To attend, guests had to be fully vaccinated or have a negative test taken within three days prior to attendance.

  • Unvaccinated individuals needed to wear a mask.

Of note: Several musicians and concert workers have been urging fans to get vaccinated so that live events can continue to take place, Insider reports.

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