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Memorial Day Partyer at Lake of Ozarks Has COVID-19

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By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2020 01:49 PM

A Memorial Day celebrant at bars and pool parties at popular Missouri tourist destination Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19, local health authorities say.

The Boone County, Missouri, resident, arrived in the area Saturday and got sick Sunday, the Camden County Health Department said in a Facebook post Friday. It is likely the person was incubating the illness and could have been infectious while they were at the Ozarks, the department said.

The sickened person was one of hundreds who jammed into the popular tourist destination and attended parties that drew outrage and fear nationwide when they were caught on video flouting social-distancing guidelines.

Because "mass numbers of unknown people" need to be notified, the officials released a brief timeline of the person's whereabouts last weekend, including stops at a bar called Backwater Jacks, a bar and restaurant that has a pool, as well as a dining and pool venue called Shady Gators and Lazy Gators.

Backwater Jacks owner Gary Prewitt said previously in a statement no laws were broken, though the images appeared to show people violating GOP Gov. Mike Parson's state order requiring social distancing.

Parson allowed businesses and attractions to reopen May 4, but the state order requires 6-foot social distancing through at least the end of May.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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