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Some Bitcoin conference attendees say they tested positive for Covid after Miami event

Some of the 12,000 attendees who traveled to Miami last weekend for the biggest bitcoin event in history have since tested positive for Covid-19.

It is not known how many participants were infected.

Bitcoin 2021 has drawn crypto enthusiasts from around the world to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District. Attendees crowded into auditoriums and networked for the three-day event. It was the first major conference since the start of the pandemic, and many attendees said they were relieved to be among their colleagues to exchange news and updates.

There was no mask warrant and no proof of a vaccination requirement to attend. Covid was just a talking point against the backdrop of everyone’s joy at arriving on the other side of the pandemic.

That is, of course, until some conference attendees took to Twitter to say they had tested positive for the coronavirus.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I attended the show after receiving two doses of the Moderna vaccine this spring. A vaccination is not a guarantee of 100% immunity, but at the moment I have no symptoms. Many of my conversations with Uber and Lyft drivers started with a mutual discussion about being vaccinated.

Whether the conference will ultimately be billed as a super spreader event remains to be seen.

It is not known if the city of Miami had a contingency plan in place for this kind of outcome. The mayor’s office and conference organizers did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Florida said on Tuesday it would no longer report daily Covid cases and deaths as vaccinations increase and begin to move into the “next phase” of the pandemic. Florida has reported an average of eight new cases per 100,000 population over the past week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, well below its pandemic peak of 84 per 100,000.

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