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Attendee At Packed Memorial Day Gathering Tests Positive For Coronavirus | NBC Nightly News – NBC News

Published on 30 May 2020

Hundreds were possibly exposed to coronavirus after someone at a crowded pool party at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19. States continue to reopen, with some areas seeing a surge in cases and others preparing for a possible second spike.» Subscribe to NBC News:

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Guest Packed

Guest At Packed Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party Tests Positive For Coronavirus – HuffPost

A person who attended a packed pool party in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, over Memorial Day weekend — video of which went viral and drew widespread condemnation — has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Camden County Health Department issued a health warning on Facebook on Friday, revealing an unidentified person from Boone County had “arrived here on Saturday and developed illness on Sunday, so was likely incubating illness and possibly infectious at the time of the visit.”

Health officials also released the person’s itinerary from the weekend, noting the times they’d visited the Backwater Jack’s Bar and Grill, Shady Gators and Lazy Gators Pool and Buffalo Wild Wings venues.

Officials asked people in attendance to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Footage that KTVK-3TV anchor Scott Pasmore filmed over the weekend at Backwater Jack’s — which was hosting an event called “Zero Ducks Given” — showed people not adhering to social distancing measures aimed at slowing the spread of the contagion that’s now killed more than 100,000 nationwide.

Check out the video here:

No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks?

— Scott Pasmore (@scottpasmoretv) May 24, 2020

The scenes prompted officials in nearby St. Louis County on Monday to issue a travel advisory for anyone who’d attended.

“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 County Executive Sam Page in a statement at the time.

Missouri has had almost 12,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. Some 676 people in the state have died from the virus.

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Packed United flight leaves passengers ‘scared,’ ‘shocked’ amid fears of the coronavirus – USA TODAY


Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport appeared nearly empty Thursday with one traveler calling it ‘surreal.’ The U.S. is offering airlines a $25 billion aid package,  but analysts say it could be five years before the industry fully recovers. (April 16)

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A photo of a crowded flight posted on Twitter by a cardiologist returning from the New York City area may hint at the difficulties of social distancing as air travel picks up again.

Dr. Ethan Weiss tweeted a photo Saturday showing what appears to be a full United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco. Though passengers are wearing masks, he said the crowded cabin runs counter to United’s assurances that it would leave middle seats empty in order to promote social distancing to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“I guess @united is relaxing their social distancing policy these days? Every seat full on this 737,” tweeted Weiss along with the photo. He is both a physician and a scientist at the University of California San Francisco who had been in New York working to aid with the coronavirus crisis.

In a separate tweet, Weiss included a statement from United’s chief customer officer, sent to all passengers, saying, “We’re automatically blocking middle seats to give you enough space on board.” 

He said in a tweet he was among the medical workers who had been flown to New York for free by United to help care for the flood of patients due to the pandemic. He added that “people on this plane are scared/shocked.”

Weiss told USA TODAY he had no further comment beyond his tweets.

Reached for response, a United spokeswoman said the airline has taken steps to address the coronavirus.

“We’ve overhauled our cleaning and safety procedures and implemented a new boarding and deplaning process to promote social distancing,” spokeswoman Kimberly Gibbs said in an email. “Our flight to San Francisco had an additional 25 medical professionals on board who were flying for free to volunteer their time in New York. We’ve provided complimentary flights for more than 1,000 doctors and nurses in the past few weeks alone – and all passengers and employees were asked to wear face coverings, consistent with our new policy.” 

United is among several airlines that have established policies of trying to keep middle seats open, though for some it appears more of a goal than a guarantee. Airline passenger traffic has plunged to levels not seen since the 1950s and recently domestic flights averaged 17 passengers, Nicholas Calio, CEO of the industry trade group Airlines for America, told a Senate Committee last week.

But as the nation starts to reopen, airline traffic is starting to pick up and there is more pressure to fill middle seats.

We are about to land & I just wanted to say a few things. 1) people on this plane are scared/ shocked. 2) I have no idea why most of them are traveling. 3)I am with a group of 25 nurses and doctors who have been working in NYC hospitals for the past 2-4 weeks. We are coming home

— Ethan Weiss (@ethanjweiss) May 9, 2020

The Transportation Security Administration said it screened 215,444 people passing through checkpoints Friday as the usually busy Mother’s Day weekend began, the highest daily number since March 25 and more than double the low of 87,534 on April 14. Airline executives have repeatedly said this month that they believe travel demand bottomed in mid-April.

Friday’s figure is still down nearly 92% from the same Friday a year ago, however, when 2.6 million passengers, crew members and airport employees were screened at TSA checkpoints.


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