The Laclede County Health Department is announcing that 17 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the county. Many of the new cases are individuals that were symptomatic, and some public exposure locations have been identified through contact tracing. Those locations include Cross Creek Church on July 1st, Lebanon First Assembly of God church, the Lebanon graduation ceremony, the Laclede County Fair, and Backwater Jack’s in Osage Beach and Riverfront Campground on July 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Three of the new cases are residents or employees at a long-term care facility. Laclede County Health Department Administrator, Charla Baker, advises residents that any community contact is a possible exposure risk. With cases increasing rapidly from large-scale gatherings, Baker urges everyone to wear a mask to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The next large-scale gathering is coming up at the end of July when thousands of out-of-state residents will come to Lebanon for the Gospel Music Spectacular.