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Multiple Coronavirus Cases After Republican Christmas Party In New York


#Several individuals who took part in a local #New #York #City #Republican club’s #Christmas party have tested positive for the coronavirus after a video surfaced showing attendees celebrating indoors without masks, #Queens #Daily #Eagle reports.

#Three cases have been identified by the #Eagle, including a man, #James #Trent, who has since been hospitalized.

The video of the party, hosted by the #Whitestone #Republican #Club on #Dec. 9. in #Queens, N.Y., has gained 3.7 million views since being shared last week. #It shows attendees dancing in a conga line, with a man waving a flag that reads, “#Trump 2020.” The video features approximately 40 to 50 people.

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#Neither the #Whitestone #Republican #Club or the restaurant that held the party have responded to NPR’s request for comment.

#Trent, who is chair of the #Queens #Village #Republican #Club, informed the #Eagle that he became symptomatic two days after attending the party. The additional two cases are an unnamed married couple whose diagnoses the #Eagle says it confirmed with three sources connected to the individuals.

#Also prominent in the viral video is #Republican #New #York #City #Council candidate, #Vickie #Paladino.

The day after the video went viral on #Twitter, #Paladino and the #Whitestone #Republican #Club posted the same statement on #Facebook defending the party and calling it their, “inalienable right under the #First #Amendment to peaceably assemble.”

#In a statement to #BuzzFeed #News #Paladino’s son and chief campaign strategist, #Thomas #Paladino, expressed frustration with the coverage of the event.

“#It speaks very poorly of our society and our media and ourselves that an ordinary holiday party is now being made into something that we’re supposed to feel ashamed of,” #Paladino told #Buzzfeed.

“#Do I regret going to the party? #Maybe,” he said, adding, “is it the party’s fault? #No. #Life happens.”

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#According to #Johns #Hopkins #University, #Queens county currently has a daily average of 1,081 cases. The state of #New #York has reported a record 301,000 cases in the month of #December alone.

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