Martha’s Vineyard sees uptick in COVID cases in days following Obama birthday bash: Reports

Cases of COVID-19 are up in Massachusetts’ Dukes County, where former President Barack Obama hosted some 200 guests last weekend to celebrate his 60th birthday.

According to The New York Times, Dukes County, where Obama’s estate on Martha’s Vineyard is located, has seen a more than 2,000% increase in coronavirus cases “from the average two weeks ago.”

“Right now,” the Times adds, “Dukes County is at a very high risk for unvaccinated people.”

Worst still for Obama: A new and exclusive report from the Daily Mail claims more than 60 people have tested positive for COVID-19 on Martha’s Vineyard since the former president’s birthday bash — “more than any week since April” on the island.

“Then, there’s this”

The case numbers, as reported by both the Times and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), were first highlighted in a Tuesday tweet by Fox News’ John Roberts.

“Seeing some reporting this morning that Martha’s Vineyard is not a ‘hot spot’ for COVID infection — reporting that appears to run counter to the facts on the ground,” Roberts wrote in a tweet. “CDC says Dukes County is a ‘high’ transmission area.”

Scaling back?

Apparently unauthorized photos and videos taken at the party appeared to show Obama and his friends blatantly flouting masking and social distancing guidelines, though all were said to have been vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Of course, the event likely isn’t the culprit for upticks in coronavirus case numbers — at least not yet, anyway. It can take up to two weeks for newly infected individuals to start seeing symptoms, according to experts.

But while reports noted that the event had been scaled back significantly in the weeks prior as COVID-19 cases rose, the former president still hosted hundreds of his “close” friends at a time when concerns over the virus are coming back in full swing.

“This outdoor event was planned months ago in accordance with all public health guidelines and with COVID safeguards in place,” an Obama spokesperson told People magazine ahead of the party. “Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends.”

It seems only time will tell if Obama’s birthday bash truly had an impact on coronavirus rates in Dukes County. Either way, it’s certainly not a good look for the former president as fellow Democrats hope to hold onto control in the House and Senate in the midterm elections just a little over a year away.

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