Lake party breaks rules; infects at least 10

At least 10 from multiple counties in two states infected with COVID-19 after a group event in violation of governor's stay-at-home order.

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State News

May 18, 2020 - 9:36 AM

At least 10 people from multiple counties and two states became infected with COVID-19 after taking part in a group event early this month at Lake Perry in apparent violation of Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order, the Shawnee County COVID-19 Response Team announced Saturday.

At least two other people — including a recruit officer at the Topeka Police Academy — didn’t attend but were infected with the coronavirus because they came into contact with people who took part, said Amanda Monhollon, deputy public information officer for the Shawnee County Health Department.

“Over 20 people have been placed on quarantine as a result of having been exposed to the virus through some of the people who attended the lake event,” Monhollon said in a news release. “It appears that the gatherings at the lake violated the statewide stay-at-home order that was in place at that time.”

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