GAGES LAKE, IL — The Lake County Health Department is investigating a coronovirus outbreak involving adult volleyball games held at a Gegas Lake bar in September. As of Tuesday, 14 people who played or watched volleyball at Jessie Oaks Food and Drink in Gays Lake in September have tested positive for COVID-19, and health officials say about 200 players and spectators have been exposed to the virus Can come.
According to a news from the Lake County Department of Health, many of those who tested positive also played volleyball at other bars and restaurants, which may have spread further to the virus. Details surrounding where he played are not being released at this time, Hannah Goering, marketing and communications manager for the Lake County Department of Health, told Patch in an e-mail response late Tuesday evening.
“The investigation is on. We hope to have more information to share soon,” Going said.
“We are currently working diligently to talk with infected individuals and identify close contacts,” said Medical Epidemiologist Sana Ahmed of the Department of Health. “However, about 200 volleyball players and spectators may be exposed. This could possibly be a major outbreak, and we need the public’s help to stop the spread of this virus.”
Jessie Oaks has suspended all volleyball activities for 14 days, and may only resume once after that time in compliance with state guidelines.
“Under the current phase of the state’s plan, volleyball is considered a medium-risk sport, and no competitive matches are allowed between the teams,” said Larry McKay, director of environmental health at the Department of Health. “Failing to follow these guidelines threatens the health of the public, spreads the epidemic, and has the potential to impose additional restrictions on local businesses who are working so hard to protect their employees and customers.”
“We continue to address any complaints of facilities not following these guidelines and are working closely with business owners to help them operate safely. When businesses do not cooperate, however , We have no choice but to pursue enforcement measures, ”McKay said.
The Daily Herald is reporting that there has been “some disagreement” over whether Jesse Oaks’ games were against state guidelines. Health officials believe the games were league games, which were not allowed under state regulations, but no enforcement action has been taken against Jessie Oaks, McKay told the newspaper.
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Meanwhile, the Health Department is urging anyone who plays volleyball at Jessie Oaks in September:
- Quarantine at home for 14 days from your last game
- If you are still within your quarantine period, get a molecular (PCR) COVID-19 test at least five days after your last game. Get checked soon if symptoms develop
- If you have not already been contacted by the Department of Health, call the Communicable Disease Program at (847) 377-8130
Health officials provided the following guidance for those who visited Jessie Oaks in September and did not wear masks or consistently maintain a distance of six feet from others:
- Quarantine at home for 14 days from your last trip
- If you are still within your quarantine period, get a molecular (PCR) COVID-19 test at least 5 days after your last visit. Get checked soon if symptoms develop
During quarantine, a person should stay at home, limit their contact with others in their home, avoid any visitors, and cover a face if they should quit seeking therapy. A negative test result does not shorten the 14-day quarantine period because the virus may take up to 14 days to be detected by the COVID-19 test.
As of Tuesday, there have been 17,014 COVID-19 and 466 confirmed deaths in Lake County.