San Jose mayoral candidate fundraiser triggers COVID case
San Jose Councilmember Dev Davis is pictured in this file photo.

A Friday fundraiser for San Jose mayoral candidate Dev Davis has resulted in one confirmed COVID case, and a few others feeling symptoms.

The fundraiser, hosted by Davis’ campaign team was held at an Almaden mansion owned by Harmoz Barandar, where roughly 100 people attended. There were no vaccination checks in place, and little to no people were wearing masks in the indoor space, attendees told San José Spotlight.

On Tuesday evening, Davis’ campaign team sent an email to attendees about the confirmed case, as per county protocols.

“We sent out an email as soon as we were aware of the positive case,” Davis told San José Spotlight.

A screenshot of the email notification sent by Councilmember Dev Davis after someone tested positive for COVID-19 at her indoor campaign fundraiser.

She has not learned of any more positive cases since, Davis said, but two people reported feeling symptoms. Davis is also awaiting her test results, as of Wednesday morning.

“We took the measures that we thought were prudent for an indoor event, there was a lot of space available for people and obviously, masks are always encouraged at every event,” Davis said.

An individual at the event who preferred to remain anonymous said the doors and windows in the house were open, which likely helped curb the spread.

“But I would have felt better if there were at least vaccination checks, mask wearing measures or at least other measures in place, so that at least we can reduce the risk,” the individual said.

The fundraiser hosted many longtime South Bay politicos including former San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis; Tim Beaubien who was formerly with the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors along with its current CEO Neil Collins; San Jose Downtown Foundation board president Ramona Snyder who is running for the San Jose District 1 seat and San Jose District 3 candidate Irene Smith.

The anonymous guest continued that they have since tested negative from a rapid test, but is still feeling weary.

“I got nervous after the fact realizing that I have to quarantine myself for holidays, and it’s a really terrible feeling to have this happen right before the holiday season,” the individual said. “Our county is at 80% fully vaccinated, so I mean, there’s  statistically at least a one to five chance that somebody there was not.”

Davis said this fundraiser was not unlike other fundraisers hosted around the city and county, however she will be doing things differently moving forward.

“I think we will probably not have any more indoor events,” Davis said.  “And I hope the weather will get better so that we can have outdoor events going forward in the campaign.”

Contact Jana Kadah at [email protected] or @Jana_Kadah on Twitter.

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