CAMDEN COUNTY, Mo. — There has only been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Camden County—in fact, it's the only one at Lake of the Ozarks, as of Wednesday afternoon, March 25. Those most likely to have been exposed due to that patient have been notified, and the county health department has released a list of that patient's likely travel locations and dates, emphasizing the risk of exposure was very low during that time. Read more here. But as Missouri's four largest cities—St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia—have instituted 30-day "Stay At Home" Orders this week, many in Camden County are wondering whether the Lake area will have the same in store, soon.

Bee Dampier, Camden County Health Department Director, has been working closely with the Camden County Commission, and she said as of Wednesday, there were no plans to institute a Stay At Home Order.

"We are looking at the situation on a day-to-day and sometimes hour-to-hour basis as things change across the State," Dampier told, adding, "As the availability of testing increases, of course we will see our numbers jump up." Dampier did not say the possibility of such an order had been ruled out, but simply that "there are no plans at this point in time."

In the Stay At Home Orders already in place in Missouri's largest cities, the orders were issued by those areas' respective health departments, and then adopted/executed by the city and/or county.


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