Days after the Christmas parade in Georgia, Santa and Mrs. Claus tested positive for the Covid-19 – exposing dozens of children to the virus.
Local officials say that the Long County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert Parker learned of Mr. and Mrs. Claus contacting the virus on Saturday, only two days after the annual festivities in Ludowici.
Parker said that about 50 kids had posed for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus during the event.
According to reports, neither Santa nor Mrs. Claus, whose real names weren’t provided, had experienced any coronavirus symptoms at the time.
Parker said, “I have personally known both ‘Santa’ and ‘Mrs. Claus’ my entire life, and I can assure everyone that they would have never knowingly done anything to place any children in danger.”
Regardless of the possible exposure, he and other officials stood by the decision “to move forward with these holiday traditions, and to bring some sense of normalcy to these trying times.”
“My children both had their picture made with Santa, and their smiles were bigger than any day when they head off to school, where the same risk of exposure exists,” he said.
Local outlet WJCL reported that the Long County school system advised students who came in contact with the couple to stay home until after the holiday break.