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Chicago Department of Health: No Evidence Lollapalooza Was a ‘Super-Spreader’

A fan crowd surfs during a performance at the Lollapalooza music festival in Grant Park in Chicago, August 5, 2011. (Jim Young/Reuters)

Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said today that there is no evidence that the city’s four-day Lollapalooza music festival was a super-spreader, that a grand total of 203 cases could be traced back to the festival, that four out of every 10,000 vaccinated attendees have reported testing positive, and that as of yesterday, no hospitalizations or deaths had occurred among any attendees.

“There’s no evidence of substantial impact to the city of Chicago’s epidemiology,” Arwardy said.

That is not the consequence that many public health experts and media voices predicted.

It has now been two weeks

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