Mar 4, 2021 - Sports
Tampa-area officials say Super Bowl wasn't a super-spreader event
Buccaneers fans celebrate their victory over the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl LV in a parking lot near Raymond James Stadium. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Despite dire predictions, Tampa’s Super Bowl was not a coronavirus super-spreader event, Hillsborough County health officials said yesterday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

By the numbers: 53 cases in Florida and four more elsewhere were found to be associated with official Super Bowl events.

  • There was slight uptick in the percentage of people testing positive locally in the weeks after the Super Bowl. Hillsborough's positivity rate was 7.9%, compared to Florida's 7.3%.

A caveat: Health officials did caution that "a large percentage of people" were unwilling to share information about their gameday activities.

  • "The true number of COVID cases related to this community-wide event is likely much higher," said Michael Wiese, the county's chief epidemiologist.

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