Some of the 12,000 people who flew to Miami last weekend to attend the largest Bitcoin event in history have since tested positive for Covid-19.
It is unclear how many participants were infected.
The Bitcoin 2021 event has drawn cryptocurrency enthusiasts from around the world to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami’s Arts and Entertainment District. People gathered in halls and united during the three-day event. It was the first major conference since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and many in attendance said they were relieved to find themselves among colleagues trading news and updates.
There was no mask prescription and no proof of vaccination required. Covid-19 was only a topic of conversation in the context of how excited everyone was at being on the other side of the pandemic.
That is, of course, until some members took to Twitter to say they tested positive for coronavirus.
In a spirit of full disclosure, I attended the exhibit after receiving two doses of Moderna vaccine this spring. Vaccination is not a 100% guarantee of immunity, but at the moment I have no symptoms. Many of my conversations with Uber and Lyft drivers began with a mutual discussion of vaccinations.
Whether the conference will ultimately be announced as a super representative’s event remains to be seen.
It’s unclear if the city of Miami had a contingency plan. The city hall and conference organizers did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.
Florida said Tuesday it will no longer report daily cases and deaths from Covid-19 as vaccinations rise and is beginning to move into the “next phase” of the pandemic. Florida has reported an average of eight new cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the past week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, well below the pandemic peak (84 per 100,000).