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Three Weeks Ago Choir Holds Rehearsal--Dozens Now Have COVID-19; Two Dead

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  1. InTheLight

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    MOUNT VERNON, WASH. – With the coronavirus quickly spreading in Washington state in early March, leaders of the Skagit Valley Chorale debated whether to go ahead with weekly rehearsal. The virus was already killing people in the Seattle area, about an hour’s drive to the south. But Skagit County hadn’t reported any cases, schools and business remained open, and prohibitions on large gatherings had yet to be announced.

    On March 6, Adam Burdick, the choir’s conductor, informed the 121 members in an email that amid the “stress and strain of concerns about the virus,” practice would proceed as scheduled at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.

    “I’m planning on being there this Tuesday March 10, and hoping many of you will be, too,” he wrote.

    Sixty singers showed up. A greeter offered hand sanitizer at the door, and members refrained from the usual hugs and handshakes.

    “It seemed like a normal rehearsal, except that choirs are huggy places,” Burdick recalled. “We were making music and trying to keep a certain distance between each other.”

    After 2½ hours, the singers parted ways at 9 p.m.

    Nearly three weeks later, 45 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or ill with the symptoms, at least three have been hospitalized, and two are dead.

    A choir decided to go ahead with rehearsal. Now dozens of members have COVID-19 and two are dead
     
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  2. Earth Wind and Fire

    Earth Wind and Fire Well-Known Member
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    Yup... and students are back at the Falwell Funhouse
     
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    Mount Vernon? Right off I-5 north of Seattle. You know, there was probably one choir member that was asymptomatic and that person infected seventy five percent of the attendees, which means this coronavid-19 really IS highly contagious, but it could mean worse - that it's airborne after all, and that's really bad news if true:

    Fauci: 'Not ruling out' aerosol transmission of coronavirus

    you'd have to avoid places, not just other people.
     
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    Is fever the first symptom?
     
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    And if they hadn't gone to practice?
     
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