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Emerald City Comic Con will take place in Seattle amid coronavirus fears

Emerald City Comic Con will take place in Seattle amid coronavirus fears
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The Emerald City Comic Con, an annual Seattle event that attracted nearly 100,000 people last year, is set to take place next week even as multiple conferences are canceled amid the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state.

The convention will take place in downtown Seattle at the Washington State Convention Center from March 12 to 15.

"We have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitization across the show, including adhering to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the COVID-19 virus," organizers announced this week.

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Six people have died in Washington state from coronavirus (COVID-19), and Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeBeyond California, a record year for recalls Seattle is first major US city to see 70 percent of residents fully vaccinated, mayor says Rivers, hydropower and climate resilience MORE (D) declared a state of emergency there last month.

A number of other countries have banned large gatherings amid coronavirus outbreaks, and many companies are urging employees to limit travel. Several large conventions have been canceled in the U.S., including Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional Summit, which was scheduled for March 15-20 in the Seattle suburbs. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge organizers of large events to "limit exposure to COVID-19" by taking preventive actions, including providing prevention supplies at the event. Emerald City Comic Con organizers say they are complying with CDC guidance in their preparation for the event.