Two Council Grove residents who recently traveled to the Caribbean have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Morris County Public Health Department, according to a written release sent by Public Information Officer William Kassebaum received by The Emporia Gazette Wednesday night.
According to the release, the individuals tested positive Wednesday in Morris County.
The individuals reportedly visited several locations while symptomatic including:
- Watts Coffee on March 12 and 13 in the morning
- Rays Apple Market March 12 mid-morning
- Life Center March 13 morning
- Twin Lakes Liquor Store March 13 mid-afternoon
- Ad Astra Restaurant March 13 6:30 p.m.
The individuals contacted The Gazette Thursday disputing that they were "symptomatic" while visiting those locations. After reaching out to the Morris County Health Department for further comment, The Gazette received the following statement from Kassebaum:
"Morris County health officials have reviewed their records and stand behind the statement that was released last night," Thursday's statement read.
The health department is urging everyone to call their health provider if they believe they have been exposed and have symptoms of COVID-19.
Symptoms include a temperature of 100 or higher, cough and shortness of breath.
“You are reminded to follow CDC guidelines, wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze and stay calm,” Kassebaum said.