Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services disclosed that 72 individuals have tested positive for coronavirus, and admitted to have attended a “large gathering.
However, they also admit that there is now way to know if these individuals have attended the massive anti-quarantine rally at the state capitol on April 24.
The reason: The DHS did not ask people who was infected in the last two weeks whether they have attended the protest or not.
During the said protest, people who attended ignored social distancing recommendations and most did not wear any masks.
DHS spokesperson Jennifer Miller wrote in an email, “Possible exposures during protests haven’t been specifically added to the database because we already ask about large gatherings.”
“We were able to pull some limited data—out of 1,986 cases with onset/diagnosis on or after 4/26, there were seventy-two cases who reported attending a large gathering,” she confirmed, “No, it doesn’t specifically state that the seventy-two were at a rally, but this is the data we have.”
She also confirmed that, “contact tracers do ask if patients attended mass gatherings, but not specifically about protests,” which makes the lack of data on who may have been infected at the protest.
Two days prior April 26, protesters by the thousands gathered outside Wisconsin’s capitol building demanding Democratic Governor Tony Evers to reopen the state, making it one of the largest anti-lockdown rallies to happen across the country.
This undeniable coincidence raises concerns, as to which Miller pointed out that, the DHS is attempting to answer whether these people have indeed attended the rally from available information.
She wrote, “The team did a cursory word search in their large gathering information and notes, as well as the main notes in WEDSS [Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System], and there were no mentions of protests, protesting, or capitol.”