Chicago Health Official Says ‘No Evidence’ Lollapalooza Was ‘Super-Spreader’

Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner Allison Arwady says that there is “no evidence” that the Lollapalooza festival was a “super-spreader” of COVID-19 cases.

“We are now 14 days past the first day of Lolla and we are continuing to investigate cases of COVID,” Arwady tweeted last Thursday (August 12). “There have been no unexpected findings at this point and NO evidence at this point of ‘super-spreader’ event or substantial impact to Chicago’s COVID-19 epidemiology.”

So far, only 203 attendees of the estimated 385,000 people who attended the four day festival have tested positive for COVID-19, or about 0.05% of people who attended.

“The bottom line is, we’ve not see anything that has surprised us related to this Lollapalooza outbreak,” Arwady said.

About 90% of the estimated 385,000 attendees were vaccinated, Arwady said.

“If we were more than 90% vaccinated as a city, as a country, we would probably be done with COVID,” she said.

Only 0.0004% of vaccinated attendees tested positive, and 0.0016% of unvaccinated attendees tested positive, Arwady added.

“If folks are going to large events, please get vaccinated. It helps reduce risk for everybody,” she said.

Lollapalooza featured performances by Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler, the Creator, Limp Bizkit and many more.

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