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KDHE recommends self-quarantine for Kansans who traveled to Lake of the Ozarks

Hundreds attended a Memorial Day weekend pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri despite...
Hundreds attended a Memorial Day weekend pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri despite the state's social distancing policies. (CNN)(KWCH)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 10:00 AM CDT
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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is recommending voluntary 14- day self-quarantine for those Kansans who traveled to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, over the Memorial Day weekend and did not use protective measures, such as social distancing and face masks.

Over the holiday weekend, large crowds were reported at the Lake of the Ozarks with no protective practices being followed.

“The reckless behavior displayed during this weekend risks setting our community back substantially for the progress we’ve already made in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary, said. “If you traveled to Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend, we urge you to act responsibly and self-quarantine to protect your neighbors, co-workers and family.”

While the video of a pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks has gone viral, KDHE said, "the people in these videos weren’t in the water the entire weekend – they were in the businesses, the restaurants and the surrounding areas."

The Lake of the Ozarks is not currently on the mandated travel list, but KDHE urges those who traveled over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to Kansas.

The order raised confusion for one local man who visited the Lake of the Ozarks with his family, but was not among the crowd shown in the now-viral video.

"My biggest question is whether or not the Kansas Department of Health and Environment director, the doctor that was making these recommendations... Is he talking about everybody that got out on the lake this weekend, or is he talking about the people that were in and around the city of Lake of the Ozarks, and more specifically the people that went to that party?," asks Chad Spaulding, a Wichita man who spent the weekend with his family at their lake house at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The KDHE clarified why it's not pinpointing a specific area of the Lake of the Ozarks.

"While the pool party in the viral video showed one aspect of the weekend, the people in these videos weren't in the water the entire weekend. They were in businesses, the restaurants and the surrounding areas," the health department says.

Spaulding says the lake is a place for him and his family to get away from everything, and what they saw in the video of the pool party is now what they witnessed from their lake house.

"That is not an accurate representation of what we observed, not even close," Spaulding says

A list of states on the mandated travel advisory is available at

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