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DC Comics has announced that it will not be attending any conventions for the month of March, starting with Emerald City Comic Con.

The United States has seen an increase in COVID-19 virus cases over the past 10 days. The region with the highest number of cases has been Washington state with nine deaths reported in the region as of Wednesday morning.

“As the health and safety of our employees are always our primary concerns, DC staffers will not be attending conventions during the month of March,” DC Comics said in a statement issued to ComicBook.com. “Future convention attendance will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, factoring in the latest information from a variety of organizations, including the CDC, WHO, U.S. State Department and local health agencies.”

Emerald City Comic Con is currently scheduled to be held at the Washington State Convention Center March 12 through 15. DC Comics is one of a number of publishers to announce it will no longer be attending, joining Dark Horse Comics and Penguin Random House. Multiple independent artists have also announced that they will be skipping ECCC this year.

With the convention season about to hit full swing across the United States, it seems unlikely this will be the end of such announcements.

As of right Wednesday morning, Emerald City Comic Con will still be taking place as planned.

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VIA: Comic Book