Courtesy of National Brotherhood of Skiers
Courtesy of National Brotherhood of Skiers

Thousands of attendees at a weeklong event for Black skiers were recently left on edge after at least 10 percent of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The National Brotherhood of Skiers’ annual summit in Sun Valley, Idaho, from Feb. 27-March 7 turned into a cautionary tale on the necessity of social distancing, NBC News reported.

Days after everyone returned home from the summit, the organization sent an email to more than 3,000 members alerting them that attendees from Ft. Washington, Md., (one), Washington, D.C. (one), Detroit (three) and New York (one) had all tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by novel coronavirus.

This year, Brad Corbin missed the event for only the sixth time in more than two decades — which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

“It’s a fantastic event. The only reason I didn’t go is because I don’t particularly like the Sun Valley setup,” Corbin told NBC News. “I likely dodged a bullet. But I feel badly for those who have contracted the virus. And it’s a little unsettling to know I could have been on that list, too.”

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