DisCon III Reports Additional Positive Covid Tests on December 25

DisCon III emailed members on December 25 about three more positive test results among people who attended last week’s Worldcon, as their COVID response team continues to track contacts after the convention. Overall, twenty-two people have reported positive test results, one of which was a false positive.


December 25th Update

Case T – Becky Veal, named by request

  • Tested positive using a home test on Friday, 24th December
  • Symptoms began Tuesday, 21st December, and include headache, cough, sore throat, and congestion
  • Family who were also present at the convention have tested negative
  • At the Omni from Sunday, 12th December, to Tuesday, 21st December
  • Spent most of the time in the convention office
  • Program items attended include:
    • The business meeting (Friday)
    • The Fannish History of Ben Yalow (Friday)
  • Visited the dealer’s room, including site selection and a stop at Larry Smith’s books
  • Ate breakfast almost every morning in Robert’s Restaurant at the hotel, and had dinner at Open City on Monday, 20th December

Case U 

  • Received positive test results on Saturday, 25th December, from a PCR test taken on Thursday, 23rd December
  • Asymptomatic
  • Attended DisCon only on Friday, 17th December, and did not spend the night
  • Program items attended include:
    • Seanan McGuire and Dead Sexy concert
    • Writing to Spec
    • Welcome to Clone Club
  • Visited the dealer’s room and art show

Case V

  • Received positive antigen test results on Saturday, 25th December
  • Symptoms began Thursday, 23rd December, and included fever, sore throat, headache, and congestion.
  • Attended Discon Friday through Sunday
  • Visited the dealer’s room frequently and the Con Suite several times

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19?

  • Tell the convention at covid@discon3.org. We will keep your name private but may share anonymized information about your activities for contract-tracing purposes.
  • If your positive test result was from an at-home antigen test, try to obtain a PCR test for confirmation.
  • Think about where you were and if you had your mask off.
  • Inform anyone you know personally and were in close contact with about your test result
  • Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.
  • The CDC recommends a 10-day isolation period. Day zero is the first day you develop symptoms or test positive.

4 thoughts on “DisCon III Reports Additional Positive Covid Tests on December 25

  1. Well, just as a practical matter, they could start over with AA, BB, etc etc. Hopefully there won’t be so many cases that they would need to move to triples.

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