A significant number of journalists and staffers from major networks have tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of Saturday's annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Employees of CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and other outlets have all reported positive COVID-19 tests after the event, which saw host Trevor Noah joke about its potential as a "superspreader," according to a report.
One ABC reporter, Jon Karl, who has since tested positive, was seen shaking hands with President Joe Biden at the event.
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"We worked hard to publicize our protocols and encouraged those eligible to get booster shots in the weeks leading up to the dinner. Our event implemented protocols that went beyond any guidance or regulation issued by the CDC or the DC health department," White House Correspondents' Association President Steven Portnoy said.
"We wish anyone who may not be feeling well a speedy recovery."
The WHCD is a weekend full of interactions and functions, the report noted.
Along with the dinner, the weekend is full of parties organized by news outlets and various talent agencies.
"There are undoubtedly [hundreds] of crowded indoor gatherings across the United States every day. Not to mention millions of people dining at restaurants, going to work or school, etc.," one journalist tweeted in response to the breakout of cases.
There are undoubtedly 100s of crowded indoor gatherings across the United States every day. Not to mention millions of people dining at restaurants, going to work or school, etc. It is kinda weird to focus on the WHCD as though it's some sort of outlier; it is very much the norm! pic.twitter.com/CKHoS1GaVH— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 3, 2022
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"It is kinda weird to focus on the WHCD as though it's some sort of outlier; it is very much the norm!"