Taylorville Chilifest results in positive COVID-19 case

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TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — An employee of a cornhole company has tested positive for COVID-19 after the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce held an in-person event over the weekend.

Organizers went ahead with an annual “Chilifest” event, which included a three-day bag tournament over October 2-4th at American Legion, Mity’s Pub and the Chilifest site.

The employee worked for Capital City Cornhole; more than 230 people attended the event.

The Christian County Health Department did not condone the event, but did meet with organizers ahead of time, according to the Cris-Mont Emergency Management Agency Joint Information Center.

Officials say the “full extent of this mass exposure at such a large gathering is not possible to full contact trace.”

They are urging attendees or observes to monitor their health for symptoms consistent with coronavirus.

Christian County is currently on a state-generated warning list for its high rate of positive coronavirus test rates.

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