An unidentified attendee of last weekend’s World Fantasy Convention 2021 in Montréal has subsequently reported “a positive Covid result,” and the WFC 2021 committee is notifying others who may have been exposed.
This announcement was posted yesterday on their website and in social media:
Case of Covid at WFC 2021
On Thursday (Nov 11) we received a report of a positive Covid result that was likely contracted during the convention.
All convention attendees are advised to self-monitor for symptoms for at least 10 days, until November 17th. If you develop any symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and get a COVID test. Fully-vaccinated members who are asymptomatic do not need to self-isolate; just continue to use public health measures: maintain social distancing, wash hands before and after any social contact, and wear a mask around other people.
From the information available, the person became infected between October 31 and November 10, most likely between November 5-8. Whether they were infected before or during the convention dates, they may have been infected during the convention.
Of the 39 people tested at the convention before returning home, we have no information that any of them tested positive, so to the best of our knowledge this is an isolated incident. However, anyone at the convention may have come into contact with the infected individual.
We urge those members with questions to consult a medical professional.
The committee responded to one Twitter inquiry yesterday:
And on Facebook they responded to another commenter:
Absolutely everyone at the convention was double (or triple) vaccinated, no exceptions. This was a breakthrough case.
The World Fantasy Convention tweeted an update today:
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the story.]