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"Swingers" convention leads to positives, despite mitigations

Posted at 10:04 AM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 11:04:30-05

At least 41 people who attended a swingers gathering in New Orleans in November have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the event's organizer, our media partners at The Advocate/Times Picayune are reporting.

One of those attendees was hospitalized in serious condition but has since been released, said Bob Hannaford, the organizer of the annual Naughty in N'awlins swingers gathering. Most of the cases were asymptomatic or very mild, he told the newspapers.

"If I could go back in time, I would not produce this event again," he wrote Friday in a blog post about this year's event. "I wouldn’t do it again if I knew then what I know now. It weighs on me and it will continue to weigh on me until everyone is 100% better."

The Picayune reports that Naughty in N’awlins was much smaller this year with more restrictions. While some 2,000 attended last year, about 250 people checked in at the NOPSI Hotel for the first day of the event, Hannaford previously told and The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate.

Masks were worn at events, social distancing was enforced, contact diaries were kept and attendees were tested for the virus or antibodies before the gathering, according to the blog post.

To read the Picayune's full story, click here.