LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working with local public health departments on an investigation into COVID-19 cases associated with the Faster Horses Festival which was held from Friday July 16 to Monday 19 July.
The Faster Horses Festival is a three-day country music and camping festival at Michigan International Speedway in Lenawee County.
At least 17 cases of COVID-19 have been identified among this year’s attendees, including people who were at the festival while infected.
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Those who attended the Faster Horses Festival may have been exposed to the virus.
“Although we have made great strides in immunization in our state, the virus continues to circulate in Michigan and across the country,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS Medical Director and Deputy Chief Health Officer. .
“Festival attendees may have been exposed and are encouraged to get tested if they are not fully vaccinated or if they develop symptoms. “
People with COVID-19 can be asymptomatic or have a wide range of symptoms from mild to severe.
Symptoms usually appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and can include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
- Muscle or body pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
People with severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, an inability to wake up or stay awake, or pale or blue skin, lips, or nails should seek emergency care immediately.
Even those who are vaccinated and develop any of the symptoms are encouraged to get tested.
Testing sites are available statewide, with many offering free COVID-19 testing.
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