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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced that it is working with local public health departments on an investigation of cases of COVID-19 illness associated with the Faster Horses Festival, which was held July 16 to 19 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
At least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified as stemming from the country music event. It comes at a time when cases of the Delta variant strain of COVID-19 are spreading throughout the country, including Michigan.
Unrelated to the pandemic, three men at the festival died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a travel trailer. One woman died in a separate incident, which the Michigan State Police is investigating.
“Although we have made great progress with vaccination in our state, the virus continues to circulate in Michigan and across the country,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at DHHS. “Attendees at the festival may have been exposed and are urged to get tested if they are not fully vaccinated or if they develop symptoms.”
DHHS encourages Faster Horses concert goers to get tested for COVID-19 if they have not been fully vaccinated, or have been vaccinated, but have developed symptoms.
People experiencing severe COVID-19 symptoms such as trouble breathing, chest pain, inability to wake or stay awake or pale or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds, should seek emergency care immediately, DHHS advises.
As of Friday, 57.7% of Michiganders ages 12 and up had received at least one dose, according to the state’s COVID-19 dashboard. More than 5 million Michiganders 16 and older, 62.9%, have received at least their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
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