After videos of crowded Memorial Day celebrations in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, went viral, health officials in St. Louis are calling for partygoers to self-isolate for 14 days before returning to their jobs. “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,” said St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, MD. “I encourage everyone to follow the Department of Public Health advisory to determine a safe path forward in the workplace.” The viral videos showed crowded pool parties with no social distancing and no mask use. The Mayor of St. Louis, Lyda Krewson, took to Twitter to admonish the activity. “If you were part of a group that didn’t socially distance or wear masks, please, for the health of your family, coworkers and friends, stay home for the next 14 days,” she tweeted. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment also issued a statement today urging anyone who went to Lake of the Ozarks to self-isolate for 2 weeks. Mass public gatherings and large parties have been identified as spreading events for COVID-19, including Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and more recently an Arkansas high school pool party.

 

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