Did hotel host 'super spreader' wedding party? County investigates

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A hotel in the northwest suburbs has caught the attention of Cook County Public Health officials after it was reported there were hundreds of people at a wedding party there.

The potential “super spreader” event reportedly occurred Wednesday evening at the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook.

Cook County Senior Medical Officer Dr. Rachel Rubin on Thursday said a health inspector is looking into the matter.

The hotel could receive a notice of violation if it’s determined any events fell afoul of the state’s current restrictions, such as a ban on indoor dining, Rubin said. That’s basically a warning, but she added the health department would keep a close watch on the hotel.

CBS Chicago reported the story earlier.

Managers at the hotel issued a written apology Thursday, saying they will try to earn back the public's trust.

“Last evening, the Hilton Chicago/Northbrook hosted a family wedding with approximately 150 people in attendance. While the event was booked prior to the implementation of the state’s latest mitigation measures, we sincerely regret allowing this gathering to proceed and our family apologizes to our guests, employees, and the Chicagoland community," the statement said.

As for anyone who attended the wedding, Rubin had this guidance:

“They need to quarantine themselves for 14 days — everybody who was at that wedding, everybody who served at that wedding, everybody who planned that wedding, everybody who was there at that hotel, in that event, should quarantine for 14 days.”

The crowded event occurred on the day the state of Illinois reported its highest daily death toll from COVID-19 — 238 deaths — since the pandemic began.

On Thursday, Illinois reported 192 additional deaths related to coronavirus and 10,959 new confirmed or suspected cases of the virus. Illinois hospitals are in danger of being overwhelmed during the current second wave of COVID-19, state officials say.