An attendee at the Gay Men Chorus’ 10-year anniversary brunch tested positive for the coronavirus. The event attracted around 500 people and took place at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort March 8.
“This is an extremely unfortunate situation, and we feel that the person who has been infected has had minimal exposure to everyone at the event,” Mark Kent, the executive director of the Chorus, wrote in an email. “They are categorizing the majority of those who attended the brunch as ‘low risk.’”
Many attendees were contacted by the Florida Department of Health including a staff member of the South Florida Gay News to let them know they may have had contact with someone who has the virus.
“Obviously, I hope I am not carrying, and I am sorry if I have exposed anyone — and I will be closely monitoring and isolating from here on out,” Row Iliescu, South Florida Development Director at Equality Florida, posted on Facebook.
She said the health department initially told her to self-monitor for 14 days, but days later they contacted her again and told her to isolate as well.
Paul Rolli, a city commissioner of Wilton Manors, announced via phone at an emergency city commission meeting Monday night that he was self-quarantining because he too had attended the event.
In a second post on Facebook Iliescu said she has not experienced any symptoms.