Lake of the Ozarks pool partier tests positive for coronavirus

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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.

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