Springfield-Greene Co. Health Dept. warns of high-risk COVID-19 exposure at gym

Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 10:45 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2020 at 10:05 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Springfield-Greene County Health Department notified the public of potential high-risk community exposures from one COVID-19 positive individual.

The person potentially exposed more than 300 people at the Dan Kinney Family Center at 2701 S. Blackman Rd. over the course of several days. The individual wore a mask while entering and exiting the building but was not masked while working out. They visited the location on the following dates:

  • Friday, July 24: Worked out from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic)
  • Saturday, July 25: Worked out from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic)
  • Sunday, July 26: Worked out from 10:40 a.m. to 12:40 pm. (infectious and symptomatic)
  • Monday, July 27: Worked out from 7:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. (infectious and symptomatic)
  • Tuesday, August 4: Worked out from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (infectious but not symptomatic)

Anyone who was at this location on these dates is at an enhanced risk for contracting COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms. There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop. This exposure is considered high-risk due to the number of people that may have been exposed and the length of time the individual was at the facility.

Jenny Filmer Edwards with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board said they were able to track down everyone that person came into contact with at center using a check-in sheet members must sign.

”It’s quite a few people. We want to make sure everyone knows this was an exposure,” said Jenny Filmer Edwards with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

The person wasn’t wearing a mask but it’s not a requirement to wear one while working out.

Edwards said the facility didn’t have to close because of the exposure but wants to ensure the members that employees are constantly sanitizing and the equipment is all spaced 6 feet apart.

”Our staff is doing massive cleaning, constantly cleaning is happening every hour of the day,” said Edwards.

She said employees are required to have their temperature taken before their shifts start and to report any coronavirus symptoms they may be having.

”We must rely on people being honest with us,” said Edwards. “If you are feeling ill or off don’t come workout. I know working out makes you feel better but if you feel off you might be contagious. You’re not doing yourself or anyone else a favor.”

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It spreads between people who are in close contact with one another.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If symptoms do develop, seek medical attention. You can use virtual care options to seek medical treatment without exposing others to illness.

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