COVID outbreak follows music performances in Felton, California



The Grateful Shred, a tribute band, performed at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee on June 15, 2021.

Screenshot of Grateful Shred’s Instagram video.

Several group members and spectators tested positive for COVID-19 after attending musical performances in California on the weekend of July 17.

Almost all group and team members from the Grateful Dead tribute group Grateful Shred tested positive for the virus after performing two shows in Santa Cruz County on July 17 and 18, the Los Angeles-based group shared on Instagram on July 25.

One social media user called the event “Grateful Spread”.

The two musics places included Felton Music Hall and Camp Roaring. Both are in Felton, California, a small town 15 minutes northwest of Santa Cruz.

It is not known how many of the Grateful Shred party and crew tested positive or were vaccinated. Felton Music Hall informed the Santa Cruz County Health Agency of the outbreak.

The county has confirmed six cases related to the event, according to Santa Cruz County communications director Jason Hoppin.

But Hoppin said he expects that number to increase.

“The show was held 10 days ago and not all of the patrons were county residents. ?? it’s just impossible to find them all, ”Hoppin told McClatchy News.

There were 291 people at the show, he said.

“Apparently the vaccine does not prevent transmission. But luckily, it does seem to really help reduce illness and prevent hospitalizations, ”Grateful Shred said on Instagram.

The group did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

However, two musicians fully vaccinated from another group tested positive for the virus after performing at the same venue on July 21, according to a Facebook post by Alex Jordan of Casual Coalition.

“We were told it was most likely unvaccinated people who had attended a show a few days earlier,” Jordan wrote.

It is not uncommon for vaccinated people to be infected with the virus. Cases of rupture are expected, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the agency said the number of rupture cases is low.

CDC updated their mask guide Tuesday to recommend that even vaccinated people wear masks indoors in public spaces where cases are increasing.

In addition to the band members, Felton Music Hall confirmed several cases of COVID from spectators and a staff member after the July 18 show. It has been temporarily closed and requires negative PCR testing from all staff.

“What started out as a person experiencing symptoms has turned into a few confirmed cases. We encourage everyone who attended this show to go get tested, ”the company wrote on Facebook on July 26.

After the outbreak of cases last week, masks are now mandatory inside the building for all staff and spectators.

Roaring Camp is an outdoor space where Felton Music Hall hosts events that are ‘socially distant pod shows’.

Both groups and Felton Music Hall have urged recent attendees to get tested for the virus. They also encouraged the wearing of masks and vaccinations.

“Let’s be clear, if you are not vaccinated, wear a mask. If you’re not wearing a mask, don’t come to my shows, ”Jordan said.

Santa Cruz County will also continue to investigate the outbreak at Felton Music Hall.

“We urge everyone not only to get vaccinated, but also to wear a mask in public and indoor gatherings,” Hoppin said. “Although this has become an unvaccinated pandemic, we have sufficient evidence that breakthrough cases can be infectious, although symptoms are generally mild.”

This story was originally published July 29, 2021 2:41 pm.

Helena Wegner is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter covering Washington State and the Western United States. She graduated in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is based in Phoenix.


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