LA County health dept.: ‘Highly likely’ Lakers watch parties contributed to coronavirus spike
The Lakers won the championship.
Coronavirus cases are rising in and around Los Angeles.
After Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Lakers fans celebrated (then rioted) in the streets. Other fans celebrated indoors.Josh Peter on USA Today:
Since early October, the average number of new daily confirmed coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County has increased to 1,200 a day from 900 a day.
“It is impossible to determine the exact exposures that contributed to this increase,’’ the agency said. “However, it is highly likely that gatherings to watch and/or celebrate the Lakers, along with any other gatherings that occurred 2-3 weeks ago where people weren’t wearing face coverings and were in close contact with each other, contributed to the rise in LA County cases.’’
Yes, gathering indoors with a large mask-less group for several hours to watch a Lakers game is a generally high-risk activity. But how many people actually did that?
If the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has any data on how much coronavirus spread during Lakers-related activities, it’s not shared here.
The health department sure doesn’t explain how the Lakers’ title fits into coronavirus cases rising throughout the nation.