"The commission is enthusiastic, optimistic and confident, excited for the bright and positive summer we expect to see this year. As we continue working together, our local economy will thrive, our people will remain safe, and Camden County will continue to be the best place in the Midwest to live and vacation. "
The Camden County commission have released a statement surrounding the past weekends of busy lake activity. The letter reads as follows:
"With the Lake of the Ozarks recently being the focus of national media attention, the Camden County Commission would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of our residents and local businesses, especially those in the hospitality, tourism and food and beverages industries. The lake has enjoyed several extremely busy and successful weekends, marking an excellent start to our summer season, which we believe will continue to be successful. That said, we would like to address the current controversy in detail.
The early days of the COVID pandemic were frightening. The virus threatened all of us, our entire nation and even the world. None of us knew exactly what this would mean for the people of Camden County. The commission was concerned that the public spread of the virus be halted before Memorial Day came to mark the beginning of the summer season. Though the public health orders caused difficulties for all of us, they did their job. The last known publicly-spread case occurred approximately 8 weeks ago. Three weeks after that case came to light, with the lack of new cases indicating that the public spread had been stopped, the commission rescinded all county health orders, allowing time for our local businesses to prepare for Memorial Day weekend. The result was an overwhelmingly successful holiday, as tourists flocked to our beautiful lake and the great establishments that serve them.
Camden County is a community that came together. Despite the difficulties it caused for everyone, our residents and businesses complied with the county and state orders. And the result is that Camden County has experienced a frankly amazingly low rate of infection. In a county of almost 45,000 residents and tens of thousands of visitors, we have had only 37 confirmed cases. 35 of those have already recovered. There is currently only one active case in the entire county. Those are incredibly low numbers. The number of calls to the County's Coronavirus Hotline, that offered free delivery of food and medicine to vulnerable people, have dropped to only one or two per week and will be discontinued soon. It has been the cooperation and teamwork of our entire county that has made all this possible. Camden County has done its part.
Approximately 800,000 people visited the Lake of the Ozarks over Memorial Day weekend. Reportedly, one person out of those hundreds of thousands of visitors has been diagnosed with covid. To date, there have been no new cases within Camden County. Again, this is an incredibly low infection rate. Therefore, the commission sees no need whatsoever to impose new public health orders.
Our community has done an exceptional job of dealing with this pandemic. However, we recognize that it is not over. The County Health Department will continue to monitor the public health situation. We encourage everyone to follow the social distancing guidelines issued by the state. The commission will continue to give away free hand sanitizer and face masks throughout the summer to anyone who needs them.
The commission is enthusiastic, optimistic and confident, excited for the bright and positive summer we expect to see this year. As we continue working together, our local economy will thrive, our people will remain safe, and Camden County will continue to be the best place in the Midwest to live and vacation. "