After thousands attended a Bridgeville area rodeo event last Sunday, officials are encouraging attendees of the event to waste no time in getting tested for COVID-19.
DOVER (DE): The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is strongly encouraging COVID-19 testing for anyone who attended a rodeo event that took place Sunday, September 6, 2020, at Rancho El 24 in Bridgeville.
According to a news release, Individuals who attended this event are advised to get tested as soon as possible at a site most convenient to them by visiting the testing calendar on the state’s coronavirus website at de.gov/gettested.
Officials say, DPH and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) will hold a free testing event on Friday, September 11, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at Woodbridge Middle School, 307 S Laws St., Bridgeville. This testing event will also be open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required, and can be completed at delaware.curativeinc.com.
“There is significant concern for community spread of the virus as a result of this event,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “We want to make sure that everyone who attended that event knows they’re at risk. It is important that anyone attending the event get tested as soon as possible to identify if they have been infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and that they take the steps to isolate and protect their friends and family from also contracting the disease.”
Gov. John Carney was displeased and mad as hell when he spoke of the unauthorized event taking place at his Tuesday’s coronavirus news conference.
“I was very disturbed by photographs that I saw, that’s clearly not allowed–a gathering like that…I didn’t see folks wearing masks, and I saw people shoulder-to-shoulder, which is not currently permitted. It is, frankly, a prescription for disaster–a super-spreader as they call it–and it shouldn’t occur.”
There’s no word yet on how the event even took place without officials knowing about it.
Information about current and future testing sites is available at de.gov/gettested. The latest data on COVID-19 cases and deaths can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal at de.gov/healthycommunity.