KDHE recommends self-quarantine for Kansans who visited Missouri lake

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is recommending a voluntary 14-day quarantine for Kansas residents who traveled to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri over the Memorial Day weekend.

Large crowds were reported at the lake with no protective practices being followed, and health officials are raising concerns about a spike in coronavirus cases as a result.

KDHE secretary Dr. Lee Norman said the reckless behavior over the weekend will risk a substantial setback for the progress made by Kansas in slowing the spread of COVID-19.  He said anyone who traveled to the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend is urged to act responsibly and self-quarantine.

Lake of the Ozarks is not on the quarantine list for the state of Kansas, but people who were there over the holiday weekend are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days.

By the Asssociated Press:

Leaders in Kansas City and St. Louis are urging people who partied close together at Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for two weeks, amid fears that the gatherings documented in social media postings will lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus.

Big crowds were reported at swimming pools, bars and restaurants at the popular central Missouri lake that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Postings showed people without masks partying and swimming together in close proximity.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page asked the county’s health department to issue a travel advisory.