American woman at German resort allegedly spread COVID-19 to at least 59 people

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Authorities in southern Germany on Tuesday reported three additional COVID-19 cases in connection with a 26-year-old American woman now suspected of spreading the virus to a total of 59 people in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, The Associated Press reported.

The infections include 25 staff members at a resort where the woman worked in the German state of Bavaria

Anton Speer, who heads the county administration, told reporters Tuesday that authorities are still waiting for the results of approximately 300 tests conducted Monday. The three new infections came from 740 tests administered over the weekend.

Bavaria’s governor, Markus Soeder, called the outbreak in Garmisch-Partenkirchen “a model case of stupidity,” claiming that the American woman had gone to parties despite having COVID-19 symptoms and awaiting a test result.

Soeder added that “such recklessness must have consequences” and suggested that the woman, who hasn’t been named, could be fined for her alleged actions. 

Andrea Mayer, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in Munich, said Tuesday that her office had opened an initial investigation into the woman on suspicion of causing bodily harm, telling the AP that “the investigation is ongoing.” 

According to the AP, the local outbreak resulted in a 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants and a rule that no more than five people can gather in public. The Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, which is reserved for members of the American military, their families and veterans, also shut down operations for two weeks.

Germany has been continuously praised for its ability to lower the number of new COVID-19 cases since April. The Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s government agency for disease control and prevention, reported approximately 1,400 new cases on Monday, with a total of 261,700 confirmed cases and 9,362 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.

Tags coronavirus covid-19 COVID-19 testing Germany The Associated Press
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