BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN, July 26, 2021 ~ At least 17 people have tested positive for COVID-19 following Faster Horses Festival, held July 16 – 19. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is currently investigating cases with local public health departments.
“I wouldn’t normally expect there to be any outbreaks to be honest with you,” said Joneigh Khaldun to 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith. “We would hope that people are doing the right thing — masking, getting vaccinated — so outbreaks aren’t necessarily something we would expect to happen.”
Officials from Faster Horses Festival said they “worked closely with local officials to ensure all recommended guidelines” were followed. They also “strongly encourage everyone who can to get vaccinated.”
July 26, 2021 ~ Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun talks to Paul W. about a COVID-19 outbreak at Faster Horses Festival and she also says the work continues to get people vaccinated.
July 26, 2021 ~ Marie Osborne tells Kevin Dietz why the Health Department is recommending unvaccinated attendees of Faster Horses Festival to get COVID-19 tested.
“Definitely if you develop symptoms after attending that festival you should get tested,” said Khaldun. “And if you’re unvaccinated, even if you do not have symptoms you should get tested.”
According to Michigan.gov, 62.9% of Michiganders ages 16 and over had received at least one dose of the vaccine, as of July 22.
This comes after three young men died at Faster Horses Festival from exposure to carbon monoxide and one woman died in an unrelated incident. The woman’s cause of death has not been publicized.