Two people who attended the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco last month have been diagnosed with, also known as the novel coronavirus, conference organizers said Monday.
“We learned that two individuals who attended RSA Conference 2020 have recently tested positive for COVID-19,” according to a statement on the RSA Conference website. “Currently, there is not a known direct link or official governing body communicating back to RSA Conference that these individuals had symptoms at Conference or attended during the incubation period.”
The conference has shared this information with attendees and contacted the health authorities, the statement said.
One of the people diagnosed is a 45-year-old engineer from Connecticut, according to a Monday Bloomberg report. This person began experiencing symptoms when he returned to his home in Connecticut from the conference on Feb. 28, according to the report. He was hospitalized on March 6, and is now in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator in “guarded condition,” his wife told Bloomberg. He had a heart condition and was predisposed for pneumonia, the report said.
Connecticut has confirmed two cases of COVID-19. The details of the engineer’s case seem to line up with the first case reported by Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont on Sunday.
The RSA conference had more than 36,000 attendees and hundreds more speakers and exhibitors, according to event organizers.
The Connecticut Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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