Neighbors furious over Lee's Summit house party causing COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 5:45 PM, Jul 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 17:54:02-04

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — A house in the Lakewood neighborhood in Lee's Summit is the site of a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Jackson County Health Department said a gathering of over 100 teens on July 10 has led to at least 5 positive COVID-19 cases.

The cases have been traced back to a party of more than 100 teenagers, most of whom were between the ages of 14 and 16 years old.

The health department believes students from six area high schools might have been in attendance, including: Truman High School, Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs South High School, Grain Valley High School, Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School.

41 Action News drove out to the neighborhood on Saturday and found out those who live in the area are upset.

"They were young kids and I didn’t know whether the parents were there or not but no one was using protection on their faces and everybody was just together, they were roughhousing, it was not good," said neighbor Adriana Matthews.

"With COVID going on, he didn’t care. There were no masks. There were hundreds, I kid you not, hundreds of kids running all over," said a neighbor who didn't want to be identified. "The first sign that it was going to be bad guys were just going to the bathroom in broad daylight right at the lake and girls were passing out."

Others in the neighborhood told 41 Action News having a party during a pandemic was irresponsible.

"I’m furious, I’m really mad and upset, I mean it’s changed my life more. I don’t feel like I can leave," said Lakewood resident Darlene Stout.

Stout is worried about those who attended the party will spread the virus onto others.

"We hire kids every once in a while to do stuff around the house and I won't do that now its changed life and everyone around here’s lives," added Stout. "Whoever had the party, I don’t know what they were thinking. That their kids could have that kind of thing. It ruined life for a lot of us."

Anyone who attended the party should get tested. The health department is holding a testing clinic from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 27, for those who were in attendance.

To set an appointment, visit this website.