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Organizer of Student Dances Disputes Reports of COVID Spread

October 14th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The subject of three large organized student dances held on October 3rd-  has become a subject of controversy and heated social media debate.  A press release issued last week by the Allegany County Health Department stated that “individuals who were in attendance at the parties have tested positive” for COVID-19 although no specific numbers were provided. A follow up release the next day reported 17 new  cases- leaving many people to conclude that the large number of new cases could be linked to the dance events. A caller to WCBC’s “Dave Norman Show” Tuesday said her granddaughter attended one of the dances- and upon further reflection- that was a poor decision…


Erica Stair Reddy, a Cumberland resident, parent of an ACPS senior, and one of the organizers of the weekend’s dances told WCBC News that there is a great deal of misinformation now circulating in the community and social media. The reality, she says, is that the health department indicated that only one positive COVID-19 case attended a dance- and that the department relayed the information that the person in question was not contagious at the event. She added that every precaution and protocol was adhered too by event organizers and that to date there has been no requests made for contact tracing information. She called the press releases from the health department misleading and has led to widespread public perception that the dances were unsafe and the cause of rampant COVID cases. She added that dance organizers worked directly with the health department in planning the events.