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300 people were exposed to COVID-19 at a super-spreader wedding this week

Health officials in Washington state have asked 300 people to head into quarantine due to a coronavirus spread.

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A pedestrian walks past an empty table at The Black Cypress restaurant and bar on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Pullman, Wash. Indoor seating at restaurants and bars will be prohibited under Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s new coronavirus restrictions between Nov. 18 and Dec. 14.

A pedestrian walks past an empty table at The Black Cypress restaurant and bar on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, in Pullman, Wash. Indoor seating at restaurants and bars will be prohibited under Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s new coronavirus restrictions between Nov. 18 and Dec. 14.

Geoff Crimmins, Moscow-Pullman Daily News via Associated Press

More than 300 people have been asked to quarantine after attending a wedding in November due to potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.

What’s going on?

Grant County Health District said Monday that about 17 people contracted with COVID-19 at a giant wedding in Ritzville, Washington. More positive tests are being added every day for people who attended the wedding.

  • The wedding guests have been linked to two other outbreaks in the state, according to the New York Post.

Grant County Health District has called on everyone who attended the wedding to get a coronavirus test and stay quarantined until the end of the month.

  • “Wedding organizers are strongly encouraged to keep a log of attendees at each service and to retain that log for at least two weeks,” the district said. “If an outbreak occurs, this information may be critical to help save lives.”

The rules:

Weddings in the state can only have 30 total guests, according to the New York Post. Indoor receptions are prohibited. It’s unclear if this wedding was inside or outside.

The bigger picture:

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee recently added a new round of shutdowns to indoor dinings, bars and gyms. He also limited indoor social gatherings and outdoor get-togethers among people, too, according to The Washington Post.

  • “Today … is the most dangerous public health day in the last 100 years of our state’s history,” Inslee said at a news conference, according to The Seattle Times. “A pandemic is raging in our state. Left unchecked, it will assuredly result in grossly overburdened hospitals and morgues; and keep people from obtaining routine but necessary medical treatment for non-COVID conditions.”