Chicago officials: "No evidence" Lollapalooza was superspreader event
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.