BuzzFeed NYC Holiday Party Becomes a Covid Superspreader Event, Several Employees Infected
Three BuzzFeed employees who tested positive following the party told Insider that they were vaccinated and received their booster shots prior to contracting Covid-19 at the event, and are experiencing mild symptoms.
The outbreak also comes as Covid-19 cases have risen in New York City due to the Omicron variant.
BuzzFeed has reportedly strengthened Covid-19 protocols following the party and amid the surge of cases in New York City, including putting a temporary freeze on group meetings over six people, requiring masks in the office until further notice, and freezing all non-essential business travel until the new year.
The company is also conducting contact tracing, as well as offering free testing for close contacts.
The party, held on Dec. 10 at the Starrett-Lehigh building in Manhattan, was attended by employees from BuzzFeed’s New York and Washington offices, in addition to employees from HuffPost, which BuzzFeed acquired last year.
One of the positive staffers told Insider that they became aware that they had been exposed after BuzzFeed’s in-house contact tracing team notified them that they had been in contact with a positive case.
“The communication referenced that the contact might have been at BuzzFeed’s New York office, the holiday party, or at a group gathering in Los Angeles the prior weekend,” added Insider’s Steven Perlberg. “Another of the COVID-positive employees estimated that there were about 10 cases they knew of. This staffer said they were aware of five or six other staffers who currently feel sick and are awaiting test results.”