New drone footage shows a packed Independence Day party in Missouri where at least five guests later tested positive for the coronavirus.
The 12-second video obtained by the Kansas City Star shows dozens of maskless young men and women grinding on a dance floor under multi-colored lights.
At least 400 people were at the July 3 bash in Cass County, which local health officials have traced to a cluster of COVID-19 cases.
The Cass County Health Department announced Friday that at least five attendees had tested positive for the virus — though the number could be higher.
One of the partygoers, who helped promote the event on social media, told the Star that at least 10 guests, including himself, have experienced symptoms but have not been tested yet.
Cole Wood said he thought about social distancing and other virus concerns when the party was being planned over a group text — but that no one brought it up.
“A lot of people showed up and we didn’t really think twice about the whole virus, it won’t happen to us, you know?,” Wood told local outlet WDAF-TV.
Local officials have told residents to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and wear masks when around people.
A few days after the party, Wood came down with a fever and cough. He’s been quarantining at home and has an appointment to get tested on Wednesday.
The bash was an “eye-opener” that anyone can get sick and the risk is real, Wood said.
“We all feel bad for causing this little outbreak that has happened,” he said.
“We feel like we should have been more responsible. Told people to wear masks or something. Not invited everyone.”
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