COLUMBUS, Ohio — An individual who tested positive for COVID-19 and was symptomatic attended the police violence and racial injustice protests in downtown Columbus, according to the Columbus Public Health.
The person was symptomatic on May 27, Columbus Public Health said. The protests began on May 28 and around 400 people were in attendance on the first night and hundreds of people gathered in the following days. Columbus Public Health did not specify which day of protesting the individual with COVID-19 was in attendance.
Anyone who attended the protests is asked to monitor their health and to get tested if they become sick.
Columbus Public Health reminded those who are sick to wear a face mask or cover, avoid large crowds and stay home when possible.
Large protests have been held against police violence and racial injustices all across the state of Ohio, and the entire world, after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old man who died on Memorial Day after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes as he gasped for breath with his face against the pavement in Minneapolis.
Gatherings in Cleveland, Akron, Lorain, Canton, Cleveland Heights, Bay Village have been held to protest the injustices faced by the black and minority communities since Floyd’s death last week.
Protests across the United States have been organized and groups of people from other countries including Brazil, Syria, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, France and Italy have come together to stand in solidarity against police violence and racial injustices.