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Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:20 PM

After Gridiron Dinner, a covid outbreak among Washington A-list guests

Source: Washington Post

It was supposed to be an evening of lighthearted political satire and bipartisan fellowship among an elite cadre of politicians, journalists and public officials, just as it has been for much of the past 137 years.

Instead, the annual Gridiron Dinner in Washington on Saturday appears to have been notable for a potential coronavirus outbreak among its A-list guests.

As of Wednesday morning, Reps. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) and Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo had announced they had received positive results on coronavirus tests after attending the dinner at the downtown Renaissance Washington Hotel. On Wednesday afternoon, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he, too, had tested positive.

In addition, about a half-dozen journalists as well as members of the White House and National Security Council staffs said they tested positive after the event. Their names are being withheld because they have not announced their status publicly.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/after-gridiron-dinner-a-covid-outbreak-among-washington-a-list-guests/ar-AAVVSko

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Reply After Gridiron Dinner, a covid outbreak among Washington A-list guests (Original post)
TheProle Apr 2022 OP
TygrBright Apr 2022 #1
DFW Apr 2022 #8
TygrBright Apr 2022 #15
Siwsan Apr 2022 #2
piddyprints Apr 2022 #5
IronLionZion Apr 2022 #3
PSPS Apr 2022 #10
erronis Apr 2022 #11
IronLionZion Apr 2022 #12
Skittles Apr 2022 #17
FakeNoose Apr 2022 #4
Skittles Apr 2022 #6
Ace Rothstein Apr 2022 #7
Skittles Apr 2022 #16
Ace Rothstein Apr 2022 #19
DFW Apr 2022 #9
SunSeeker Apr 2022 #13
TNNurse Apr 2022 #14
Grasswire2 Apr 2022 #18

Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:27 PM

1. ::sigh:: Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #1)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:50 PM

8. I guess my family is just stupid

My dad was president of the Gridiron Club one year, and I've been to a couple of those dinners.

So we play stupid games, too. There was no Corona back then, so we didn't win anything.

The company was kinda cool though, even with stupid people like Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Pat Moynihan, Helen Thomas, Carl Rowan, and other idiots like me and my family, but that's the burden you just have to bear when you agree to attend one of these things.

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Response to DFW (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 04:07 PM

15. Gridiron isn't stupid. It's fun. Gridiron in person during a pandemic is stupid.

As is any large indoor gathering.

We appear to be incapable of learning the basics of epidemiology and public health.

wearily,
Bright

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:27 PM

2. ARGH!!!!!!!

I don't get it. Admittedly, if you are vaccinated and boosted the ODDS are you won't become really, really ill. Maybe just really ill. Just ill, if you are really lucky.

And, my gut says we're going to get hit, again, by another Covid wave.

I'm double vaxxed and boosted (getting ready to book my 2nd booster). I still avoiding indoor crowds and I'm masking when I run errands. It's not fun, by any means. I talk to my cats more than I talk to humans. It's taking a toll on my mental health but I'm PHYSICALLY healthy and Covid-free.

That being said, my anti-vaxxer nephew and his daughter are supposedly coming up for a visit and I still don't know how I'll handle it.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #2)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:39 PM

5. I have a simple rule:

No unvaccinated people are allowed in my home.

I donít go to gatherings or parties or anything.

I just got back from 2 medical offices. Both announce on their phone messages that masks are required. Yet I was the only person, staff included, wearing a mask. And I live in TN, home of a lot of anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers. Iím getting ready to books my 2nd booster as well.

Cats are more fun than people most of the time. I have 2 sitting on the porch sofa with me right now.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:27 PM

3. Susan Collins is concerned

There's no avoiding it at this point since they're all vaccinated. We're all going to get it sooner or later.

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Response to IronLionZion (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 03:01 PM

10. "We're all going to get it sooner or later"

That's factually false but, with that kind of attitude, you may be right. I guess you're one of those "I'm done with the virus" people who care little about your social responsibility.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 03:10 PM

11. I think you jumped to a conclusion that is way overboard. IronLionZion was stating a probability,

not that s/he cares little about social responsibility.

Your post was offensive and I suggest an apology, if you are even capable of such.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 03:45 PM

12. Rude, you misunderstand my point

and jumped to a lot of conclusions that have nothing to do with my post.

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Response to PSPS (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 05:47 PM

17. fuck those people

stupid, selfish assholes

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:33 PM

4. It's a covert Repuke carrier, walking around with no mask

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:40 PM

6. stupid

sorry, they should not be behaving as if covid is over

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:46 PM

7. It is never going to be over.

I don't know why we're getting updates every time someone gets it at this point. It isn't really news.

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Response to Ace Rothstein (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 05:22 PM

16. they should still be masking

end of story

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Response to Skittles (Reply #16)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 06:45 PM

19. But it was a dinner.

You can't eat with a mask on. Once you're sitting there with a mask off to eat for an hour, what good is a mask for the rest of the time?

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 02:52 PM

9. I'm pretty sure not all of them went maskless

The ones that wore masks and didn't get infected, I couldn't help but notice, didn't deserve headlines, or even mentioned at all in the article. But, of course, who wants to write headlines about THAT?

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 03:47 PM

13. Sucks.

I hope we're not embarking on a new covid surge.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 03:56 PM

14. We are both 72.

We wear masks in public buildings. We have appointments for our second booster shots TOMORROW.
Neither of us have been sick and would like to continue that way.

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Response to TheProle (Original post)

Wed Apr 6, 2022, 05:47 PM

18. Why is Merrick Garland attending the Gridiron Dinner?

That seems inappropriate.

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