Attendants of Mt. Carmel "Mini-Prom" May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

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Published on August 14, 2020 -

Attendants of Mt. Carmel "Mini-Prom" May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

The Wabash County Health Department is warning of possible COVID-19 exposure at a "mini-prom" event in Mount Carmel, Illinois, after they say those in attendance "could have been exposed to multiple confirmed positive cases of COVID-19."

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Attendants of Mt. Carmel "Mini-Prom" May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19

And 9 in wabash.

That large count -- in part - tied to a "mini-prom" in mount carmel.

Health officials -- sending out a dire warning tongiht -- to those ---who attending the dance and their families.

We go now to 44news reporter erran huber - with everything you need to know -- about this latest cluster sweeping the county.

Thursday-- the day -- wabash county students returned to school for the fall semester.

Outbreak outrage in mount carmel.

Parents sharing across social media--and with 44news--their anger and frustration with the latest covid-19 spike in their hometown.

It concerns me because i have a three-year-old.

So it worries me that we ve been in contact with one of the people.

It just worries me as a mother and a friend, cause it could be a friend of mine, or relative.

You just never know.

The virus potentially lurking around any corner-- health officials-- scrambling.

Not knowing for sure how many people may have been infected.

But linking at least 5 positive cases to a "mini- prom" held august 4th.

Connecting the dots through facebook posts-- and teens getting sick.

44news was sent this photo that a community member says- is a group photo from that "mini prom."

We've blurred it to protect the anonymity of students--but it shows neither masks nor social distancing.

This--in the wake of state leaders-- urgently pushing -- the importance of following safety measures.

Now is the time.

We must make sure.

This is a make or break moment for the state of illinois, for making sure that people are doing everything they can to mitigate, to reduce the spread, and so this is a moment for us to enforce the masking requirements across the state.

The mini-prom was not an official school event, nor held community wide.

But the community impact -- from covid-19 infections in the county-- increasing.

Now -- the mount carmel public library sharing-- they'll be shut down for two weeks.

After one of their employees tested positive.

And the health department--on the hunt-- trying to track down anyone else in wabash county-- showing symptoms. the wabash county health department is keeping an eye on 35 close contacts.

They're asking anyone who may have attended the mini prom to reach out to them.

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