Dozens of children spent time with Santa and Mrs. Claus during an annual Christmas tradition in the U.S.
Now officials in Ludowici, Georgia, must grapple with an unsettling aftermath: The guests of honor tested positive for Covid-19 two days after the event on December 10.
Robert Parker, event chairman, said, “It has now been brought to the attention of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as my office, that after the event both ‘Santa’ and ‘Mrs. Claus’ were tested for the Covid-19 virus and both received positive test results. They were not displaying any symptoms at the time of the event.”
After participating in a parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus were at a “well attended” tree lighting and an event where an estimated 50 children took a photo with Santa.
Parker offered a mixed message, saying the incident was both a “cause for concern” and that he did “not feel this incident is cause for panic.” Both of his children had taken their photo with Santa.