Lake of the Ozarks pool partier tests positive for coronavirus
The mid-Missouri resident visited a pool party venue featured in widely circulated video this week.The Camden County Health Department said the person “was likely incubating illness and possibly infections at the time of the visit.”
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri — A week after images of Memorial Day weekend revelers jammed into a Lake of the Ozarks pool party at Backwater Jack’s Bar & Grill in Osage Beach made international headlines, the Camden County Health Department announced that a Boone County resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus after visiting the Lake of the Ozarks area over the holiday weekend.
The Boone County subject arrived at the lake on Saturday, May 23, and “developed illness” on Sunday, according to a news release obtained by LakeNewsOnline.com, which like the News-Leader is part of the USA TODAY Network.
The infected person “was likely incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit,” the health department said.
The health department released a timeline of possible COVID-19 exposures “due to the need to inform mass numbers of unknown people.”
The Boone County Health Department is investigating, and Camden County said no cases had been reported this week.
The News-Leader reached out to the Camden County Health Department and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services for comment late Friday.
Following reports of the 16-second video clip showing the Blackwater Jack’s pool party, St. Louis and Kansas City regional health officials issued warnings including a travel advisory and advice for attendees to self-quarantine, the News-Leader and USA TODAY reported.
Members of the public who may have been in Backwater Jack’s, Shady Gators and Lazy Gators Pool or Buffalo Wild Wings in that area are asked to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and loss of taste or smell.
Camden County urged people to stay home if sick, to contact your physician if you experience any symptoms and to self-isolate until test results are known.
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