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Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest Issues Statement on Corn Hole Participant Testing Positive for COVID

Officials with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest, learned today that an employee of the Capital City Cornhole company, who participated in the Greater Taylorville Chamber Chillifest over Oct. 3rd and 4th, tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. 


The cornhole organization held four tournaments from Friday, Oct. 2nd to Sunday, October 5th in Taylorville, including two outdoors at Chillifest, one at the American Legion, and one at Mity’s Pub.


With the COVID-19 incubation period being 5 to 7 days, the participant had apparently contracted the virus before coming to the event last weekend.  


During Chillifest, organizers encouraged visitors to wear masks and remain socially distant. Masks were distributed free of charge, extra hand sanitizer stations were placed on the grounds and visitors were constantly reminded over both days to bring their own folding chairs. Many additional precautions were taken for vendor areas, pageant participants and more. 


The Chamber echoes the guidelines issued by the Chris-Mont Emergency Management Agency, which encourages you to wait to be tested if you are not showing symptoms. Waiting 5 to 7 days from your last date of exposure allows for an incubation period of COVID, and if you test sooner than 5 days you may test negative despite having the virus. 

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