Covid-19 Spiking On Martha’s Vineyard, But No Link To Obama’s Birthday Party
COVID-19 cases are spiking in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, but local health officials have not reported any link to former President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash that took place nearly two weeks ago.
Although the number of cases has risen to 158 since the Aug. 7 event, Tisbury health agent and boards of health spokesperson Maura Valley said, “As of today, I haven’t seen any cases linked to the Obama party,” according to the Daily Mail on Friday.
Tisbury is a town located on the north end of the island. Obama’s roughly $12 million estate is located on the southeast end in Edgartown, where Janet Hathaway, assistant to the health board, shared similar news earlier this week.
“So far, we haven’t seen anything that leads to the party on the 7th,” she told the Boston Herald on Monday.
Obama’s Saturday night birthday celebration had a sizable guest list of hundreds of people, including celebrities, but attendees were pressed to adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public health protocols . Still, it received a great deal of scrutiny, particularly after a video posted to social media showed Obama dancing without a face covering at the Hawaiian luau-themed celebration.
Video of Obama’s maskless Martha’s Vineyard birthday party before Erykah Badu deleted it pic.twitter.com/ge0k23XioV
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The controversy brewed by the boozy event apparently has made people within the political sphere, particularly Democrats, hesitant to throw similar sorts of parties, Politico reported on Friday .
Back on the island, the surge in COVID-19 cases has several towns imposing new mask mandates . Martha’s Vineyard Hospital officials say patients, including those unrelated to COVID-19, are filling up emergency room space in a way not seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
“The increase in cases is also coming at a very busy time for the hospital,” said hospital CEO Denise Schepici, according to the Vineyard Gazette . “We’re bursting at the seams.”
While it is still possible a link to Obama’s birthday party could be found, time for that is running out as most estimates of the incubation period for COVID-19 range up to 14 days.
“We still have contact tracing going on, but I think if there were cases popping up from the party, we’d be seeing them already,” Valley said.
Author: Daniel Chaitin
Source: Washington Examiner: COVID-19 cases spiking in Martha’s Vineyard, but no link to Obama’s birthday party reported two weeks later