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Ozark Pool Party Produces Positive Coronavirus Case, will there be more to come?

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An attendee of the Wild Memorial Day of Beach Parties has tested positive for the coronavirus and may have been contagious during the event

The video above, of a pool party sans distancing, in the area made famous by the Netflix series “Ozark” is just one of many examples of a wild weekend that seemed to surpass even pre-pandemic levels of reveling and rioting.

The health department in Camden County Missouri, Health Department stated that the individual had also visited various bars in the area during that weekend. The illness became symptomatic.

Here is the timeline of the infected persons movements as provided by the Camden County Health Department:

Saturday, May 23: Backwater Jacks: between approximately 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Shady Gators and Lazy Gators Pool: 5:40 p.m.-9 p.m.Backwater Jacks: 9:40 p.m.-10 p.m. 

Sunday, May 24: Buffalo Wild Wings: 1 p.m.-2 p.m.Shady Gators: around 2:30 p.m. until around 6:30-7 p.m.

Missouri has had about About 12,700 people that tested positive for coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic and about 730 have died from Covid-19 infection, according to state data.

This out-come was generally feared by the medical experts, and it appears that other than professionals and medical front-line personnel no-one was considering the 1918 pandemic experience where a too early loosening of quarantine controls resulted in a powerful second wave of the flu epidemic a month or so later.

From Sea to Shining Sea hardly a mask to be seen…

It now remains to be seen if these other Memorial Day gatherings produce any cases or even contribute to as renewed rise in cases and deaths in the many areas that hosted massive, unprotected crowds during the holiday weekend:

Not only on the West Coast, but all the way on the other side of the country in North Carolina, crowds gathered to celebrate. The video below shows a NASCAR crowd whooping it up to the whining engines, shoulder to shoulder with no mask in sight. There appears to be an “instinct” and a feeling among the US population that there’s no longer any need to pay any attention to the coronavirus or contagious diseases of any kind. Let’s hope that feeling really is “magical” because, if not, June is going to be a blowback party of the wrong sort.

One case from a crowded party from an individual that attended various public bars and restaurants the entire weekend does not mean that others will have been infected also. It is also true, however, that if one patient has been isolated already that had the virus during that weekend of partying, it is more than likely that there are others. We can only hope that this, along with the gradual but intensive shift town crowds and unprotected gathering will not begin a new wave of cases. One only has to look at the protests this weekend to see another example of a dangerous situation where many people are at risk of spreading the virus and infecting themselves and others.


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Venice Beach, Memorial Day Weekend, May, 2020. Photo / Twitter

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