Winter Party Attendee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Monday March 16, 2020

One of the largest LGBTQ circuit parties in the world may have exposed thousands of attendees to COVID-19. Over the weekend, Winter Party Festival posted to its Instagram page the following message:

"I am writing to let you know that on Saturday night (the 14th), I was informed that one of our Winter Party Festival (WPF) guests has tested positive for COVID-19 this last week. We are grateful to them for alerting us, particularly given that they were not experiencing symptoms during WPF. While we know there are many places people could have been exposed before and after Winter Party as this virus has developed, we wanted to make sure you have this information as soon as possible. The health and safety of anyone who participates in any Task Force event is of great importance to us.

Information and circumstances have changed rapidly since WPF. We continue to encourage all WPF guests to monitor their health, practice social distancing, wash hands with soap, use hand sanitizer and contact their doctor if they think they are exhibiting symptoms. If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact those you were in direct contact with so they can take steps to monitor their health and speak with their doctors. More information from the CDC can be found here:

Given what we knew at the time about the virus prior to WPF and working with local Miami Beach officials, we took steps to ensure the safety of attendees. The educational posters throughout WPF venues and 10,000 hand sanitizers we distributed over the weekend were both appreciated and utilized by attendees.

Again, please take care of yourselves and if you test positive for COVID-19 in the couple of weeks, please feel free to email me at [email protected] - Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force."

The Winter Party Festival was held March 4 through 10 in Miami Beach.

EDGE recently reported about the impact of coronavirus on the LGBTQ community, particularly those living with HIV. The CDC has provided the following guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19.