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Group COVID-19 outbreaks in Minnesota underscore Halloween risks


September 24, 2020

Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

Students walked down Main Street in costume during the 2019 Halloween parade in Anoka.

A COVID-19 outbreak at a Martin County funeral offered new evidence of infection risks at large gatherings, particularly indoors, and a warning before the granddaddy of American group events - Halloween.

State health officials on Wednesday encouraged Minnesotans to follow new CDC guidance for Halloween next month that discourages parties and candy handouts, permits no-contact goody bag giveaways and encourages alternatives such as virtual costume parties. They also noted that standard costume masks don't protect like cloth face masks against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

"I feel like the public health buzzkill, but really public health recommendations are not intended to ruin your fun, but rather to keep you safe," said Kris Ehresmann, state infectious disease director. "It's actually the virus that's the buzzkill here."


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