by: Scott McCaulley
Several developments in the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak in the Lakes Region late Tuesday afternoon and evening:
As detailed in a previous story, Stone County had its second reported case of the COVID-19 Virus. In the release from the Stone County Health Department, officials state that the individual who tested positive has been notified and is isolated and quarantined at home. The case is not travel related. Close contacts of the individual testing positive have been notified and quarantined as necessary. Stone County Health Department will be monitoring the positive case and their close contacts to ensure proper isolation and quarantine protocols are being followed.
Meanwhile the Taney County Health Department released information late Tuesday afternoon about a Greene County resident who visited the Branson area that has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was symptomatic while attending the Branson Praisefest event held at the Mansion Theater March 12-14 and was seated in the upper right balcony. Besides the Mansion Theater, the individual reported to health officials visiting Hardee’s in Branson West twice, The Copper Coin at the Grand Village Shops, and the Coleman Outlet Store and Leather Trading Company on Gretna Road. TCHD informs people that may have been at anyone of those places and gets symptoms of COVID-19 to contact their healthcare professional. More details and specific times on the person’s itinerary is listed at the end of this story.
In another development, Tuesday evening officials in Harrison were notified by Emergency Management of another confirmed case of COVID-19 has been reported in Boone County. No additional information on that second COVID-19 case from the Arkansas Department of Health had been released as of Tuesday evening. Dr. Kevin Jackson, the Boone County Medical Officer, confirmed to the city that he has been informed of two cases now in Boone County. Earlier in the day, Newton County reported its first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Virus.
Health officials throughout the region again emphasize the need for people to stay at home as much as possible and if out, practice Social Gathering limitations and Social Distancing and continue to wash hands and disinfect areas that are in common use.