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Super-spreading event traced to Independence

The Examiner staff

The Jackson County Health Department is tracking possible COVID-19 cases from two locations in or bordering Independence, including one with 30 known cases, and is asking people possibly exposed there to get tested soon.

One location is Old Paths Baptist Church, 4621 S. Shrank Drive, where the Health Department has confirmed 30 cases with more than 300 estimated exposures. Health officials say people who attended church services there July 19 or were at day camp there July 20-24 should quarantine until Aug. 7 and get tested immediately at a community testing clinic or their health-care provider.

The second location is the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 2414, at 2537 Blue Ridge Blvd. on the Kansas City-Independence border. Thus far, five positive cases have been confirmed from July 19, with an estimated 30 exposures. Those at the lodge on July 19 should quarantine until Aug. 2 and get tested.

According to the Health Department, if an individual tests positive and has symptoms, they can be around others after all of the following:

• At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

• At least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without medications

• Symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath have improved

If an individual tests positive and has no symptoms, they can be around others after at least 10 days since the first positive test, assuming the individual has not developed any subsequent symptoms.

If you are contacted by the Health Department about exposure to COVID-19, please answer or return the call to help with contact tracing.

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