At least 15 people who attended a public affairs conference last week on Michigan’s Mackinac Island have tested positive for COVID-19, including US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
The rally is hosted annually by a business group, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and attracts more than 1,000 government officials, reporters and others who discuss a variety of political and political issues. Four Republican gubernatorial candidates held a debate.
Participants had to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test.
The Chamber said at least 15 people tested positive immediately after the event, The Detroit News reported. Buttigieg revealed his infection Monday on Twitter, saying he had mild symptoms.
Mackinac Island’s sewage tested “pretty high” for evidence of COVID-19 just before Memorial Day, said local health department spokesperson Kerry Ott.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer tested negative on Monday, spokesperson Bobby Leddy said.
David Eggert, a reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, said on Twitter that “very few people” were wearing masks. He too was infected.