SPRINGFIELD, MO (KY3) – The Springfield-Greene County Health Department has notified the public of potential high risk exposures of at least four COVID-19 positive people in the community.
Four employees at Showtime Joe’s, an adult entertainment venue in West Sunshine, tested positive for the virus and potentially many others were exposed.
The health department has not issued such a health alarm for some time. It shows KY3 that this situation is different, not only because of the number of employees who tested positive, but also because of the close contact and exposure over several days.
The individuals worked for several days at Showtime Joe’s at 2209 W. Sunshine St. These individuals and customers were inconsistently masked. The employees worked on the following dates between 5:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.:
- Wednesday September 2nd
- Friday September 4th
- Saturday 5th September
- Monday September 7th
- Tuesday, September 8th
- Wednesday September 9th
- Friday September 11th
- Saturday September 12th
“We wanted to be as transparent as possible and make sure people were aware of it,” said Kathryn Wall, public health administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
According to the health department, these people and customers were masked inconsistently.
“We weren’t entirely sure the masking could be inconsistent with alcohol and beverages being offered at this facility, and we’re not sure about staffing either,” Wall said.
After the Public Health Department and the Springfield Police Department learn of this situation, they work together to investigate. So far there have been no masking complaints against this facility.
Face masks are required in public facilities within Springfield city limits. Guests in restaurants and / or bars must wear a face mask while seated, except when eating and / or drinking. Everyone who serves customers in any capacity must also wear face covering. You can read the regulation in full here.
A 14-day quarantine is recommended for anyone who has been in close contact with staff or has been within six feet of staff for more than 15 minutes.
“It’s cumulative, so it’s less than five minutes, then someone walks away and comes back another five minutes,” Wall said to Hugging, we would consider that close contact. “
The company now has a sign on the door that reads “Closed for thorough cleaning”. It was also announced on social media that staff are required to have temperature checks and other measures have been taken to keep the building clean. Wall said this should be a reminder to people to keep taking precautions.
“I know a lot of people in my life say,” Well, I feel good, I shouldn’t have to mask myself “or,” I feel good, let everyone get together, “said Wall.” You don’t know because for at least two days before you have symptoms you can be contagious. “
COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It spreads between people who are in close contact with each other.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Fever or chills
- to cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body pain
- a headache
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Constipation or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
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