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A partygoer who attended the now-infamous Lake of the Ozarks pool party has tested positive for COVID-19, meaning hundreds could have been exposed

May 30, 2020
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Revelers celebrate Memorial Day weekend at Osage Beach of the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, U.S., May 23, 2020 in this screen grab taken from social media video and obtained by Reuters on May 24, 2020. Twitter/Lawler50/via REUTERS

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  • A Missouri resident who attended a crowded pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks has tested positive for the coronavirus, local outlet KMBC reported.
  • Footage of the crowded party garnered condemnation online. 
  • The owner of the bar that hosted the event defended his decision. 
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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="A Missouri citizen who attended a crowded pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri over Memorial Day weekend has tested positive for the coronavirus, local outlet KMBC reported.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”23″>A Missouri citizen who attended a crowded pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri over Memorial Day weekend has tested positive for the coronavirus, local outlet KMBC reported. 

The Camden County Health Department said one person who attended Backwater Jack’s began to develop symptoms on Sunday and was likely “incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit,” according to KMBC. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Business Insider previously reported that health authorities in Missouri urged people who were filmed that pool party to self-isolate to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.” data-reactid=”25″>Business Insider previously reported that health authorities in Missouri urged people who were filmed that pool party to self-isolate to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Footage of the crowded party, where no social distancing was observed, was condemned online. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Partygoers could be seen packed close together, enjoying the sun in pools and bars, and not the following guidelines from the state&nbsp;and&nbsp;the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advised people to stay six feet away from one another to slow the spread of the coronavirus.” data-reactid=”27″>Partygoers could be seen packed close together, enjoying the sun in pools and bars, and not the following guidelines from the state and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which advised people to stay six feet away from one another to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content=""This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back substantially from the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19," Sam Page, the St. Louis County executive said in a statement on Monday.” data-reactid=”28″>”This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back substantially from the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Sam Page, the St. Louis County executive said in a statement on Monday.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The owner of a bar, Gary Prewitt, defended his decision to host the party and issued a statement on Facebook&nbsp;on Tuesday standing up for the event, called "Zero Ducks Given."” data-reactid=”29″>The owner of a bar, Gary Prewitt, defended his decision to host the party and issued a statement on Facebook on Tuesday standing up for the event, called “Zero Ducks Given.”

Prewitt emphasized that social distancing is not a legal requirement, and said: “no laws were broken.” 

He also said medical staff had been hired to perform no-contact temperature checks on attendees, and those with a temperature of over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit were turned away.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Read the original article on Business Insider” data-reactid=”32″>Read the original article on Business Insider

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