“Several dealers” tested positive for COVID-19 after returning home from the World’s Fair of Money, according to an announcement from the American Numismatic Association (ANA) on Aug. 19, five days after the event closed its doors in the Rosemont suburb of Chicago, Ill.
The Aug. 10-14 show – called “one to remember” in the recent ANA statement – was attended by thousands of attendees and hundreds of dealers.
“Of course, it was the camaraderie and ability to gather in person that made the show especially exhilarating,” adds the Aug. 19 ANA statement.
“Unfortunately, several dealers have notified the ANA that they have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning from the show. Although protective measures were in place, the potential for exposure is always a possibility when one leaves home. The ANA is unaware of when, where, or how the dealers contracted the virus. Due to privacy issues, we are unable to provide the names of the infected dealers.
“If you feel ill or are displaying any COVID symptoms, consider quarantining for 10 days and/or getting a COVID test.”
World’s Fair attendees were also encouraged by show organizers to “stop by Hall G of the convention center to check out the Great American Stamp Show,” as stated on the former event’s website. The stamp show was held in the same venue from Aug. 12-15 and also drew thousands of attendees.