Gridiron Club President Tom DeFrank said Sunday that the group had reported 72 cases out of the hundreds of people who attended. New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who was also at the dinner, tested positive Sunday. It was the first Gridiron Dinner since 2019, before the pandemic, and guests were required to show proof of vaccination, DeFrank said.
Most of the spikes since Saturday are not new cases but cases belatedly reported from earlier testing, he said.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who has been fully vaccinated and boosted, tested positive Friday and is experiencing mild symptoms, his office said in a statement Saturday, adding to a new wave of cases that has swept through the nation’s capital.
Two other members of President Joe Biden’s Cabinet, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, tested positive last week after they attended the annual social gathering of high-profile political media and business figures.
Garland attended a news conference with FBI Director Christopher Wray before he tested positive later Wednesday. The Justice Department said it was conducting contact tracing in accordance with protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Convenient that all of these people in the government were all at the same eating establishment at the same time, and all came down with “COVID” even if they are having mild symptoms. Amazing coincidence.
The nation’s most notorious garden gnome chimed in with the new fear porn of the week.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Sunday in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” that he believes people should determine their own levels of risk and that those “who run big dinners, who run functions like the White House correspondents’ ball or, thinking back, the Gridiron Dinner, are going to have to make a determination looking at the CDC guidelines and seeing where the trends are.”…
“The protocols to protect the president are pretty strong. The president is vaccinated. He is doubly boosted,” Fauci said. “Most of the time, people who get anywhere near him need to be tested. So we feel the protocol is a reasonable protocol.”
Inquiring minds want to know.