Parks and Rec. director: Public shouldn’t be concerned after Sportsplex employee tests positive for COVID-19

Sportsplex shut down after COVID-19 exposure

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau Sportsplex has temporarily been closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

“We feel that this is a way that we can just ensure the public that we want to work to try to always do the best thing to try to keep people safe,” said Julia Jones, director of Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation.

“They did not have any direct contact with the public, so we immediately consulted our health department to get the right protocols put in place,” she said.

The Cape Girardeau Sportsplex will be closed until Monday, July 6 as the workers continue to clean the facility to make it safe for reopening

“I think upon reopening, we just want to continue to reinforce,” Jone said. “All of those things we’ve been doing. What I feel has been a really good job up until this point. Let’s continue to be diligent.”

She said she doesn’t believe the employee who tested positive was in contact with the public.

“It was just staff members in the concession area,” she said. He was back in the fryer area.”

She said the public who visited the Sportsplex for the tournament this weekend should not be concerned.

“There was no prolonged contact with them,” she said. “There was, potentially, for certain staff members, which they’ve been notified. If appropriate, they will be tested and quarantined.”

Jones said once the Sportsplex reopens, they will continue to follow CDC guidelines to help keep the public safe.

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