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Packed Pool Party Video Leads To State Officials Calling For People To Self-Quarantine

By Clark Sparky

Missouri state officials are among the many people troubled by a video that went viral over Memorial Day Weekend that shows hundreds of people packed together in and around a pool at Backwater Jack's Bar and Grill in Lake of the Ozarks.

The behavior of the partygoers is being called "reckless" by state officials, who released a travel advisory statement on Monday.

"The Department of Public Health urges those who ignored protective practices to self-quarantine for 14 days or until testing negative for COVID-19," the advisory begins. "County Executive Dr. Sam Page asked the Department of Public Health to issue a travel advisory as some workers return to their jobs after ignoring social distance practices outlined by public health experts to protect against COVID-19"

The statement then references the viral footage from the weekend.

"Recent news reports indicate that many people, including those from the St. Louis region, did not follow any protective practices over the holiday weekend. Large crowds at Lake of the Ozarks showed no efforts to follow social distancing practices essential to curbing the spread of the virus. As a result, many members of the public and employers have asked St. Louis County how to best proceed in safely opening their businesses when social distancing practices are not being followed," it reads.

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“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,” Dr. Page said. “I encourage everyone to follow the Department of Public Health advisory to determine a safe path forward in the workplace.”

The statement concludes by encouraging employers to ask their employees where they've traveled recently as an extra layer of screening precaution.

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The CDC has issued some tips for helping to avoid contracting the disease.

Wash your hands often: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Avoid close contact: Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members. Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Cover coughs and sneezes.

Clean and disinfect: Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

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