From the Clay County Public Health Center

Thank you for your assistance in helping us prepare and protect the residents of Clay County! Please don't hesitate to reply if you have any questions. 

 

Feel free to share the information in these updates. Anyone not currently receiving updates that would like to sign up can find a link on our website at clayhealth.com/coronavirus.

 

Up-to-date information can always be found on our website, our Facebook, Twitter and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

 

Latest Updates

  • There are currently zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County.

  • Johnson County, Kansas announced today (3/12/20) three additional presumptive-positive cases of COVID-19.

  • "Most of Europe" was added as a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, recommending all nonessential travel.

  • Health Care Providers:

    • Updated PUI evaluation and testing guidance from MODHSS (see attached)

 

Current Recommendations

  • The health department recommends cancelling large group events (1,000 or more people).

    • Currently we are not seeing community spread of the COVID19. At this time we are recommending that a "large group event" is defined as a 1,000 or more people for any business, professional, social, cultural, entertainment, or other special event where people are not separated by physical space of at least four feet (which is slightly longer than an average arm's length). This recommendation may change subject to what is happening in our communities.

  • Considerations for vulnerable populations:

    • People that are 60 and older should consider not attending large community events.

    • People with underlying chronic conditions or pregnant women should strongly consider not attending large community events.

    • People over 70 with underlying chronic conditions are strongly advised to not attend large community events.

  • We strongly encourage community leaders from all industries (health care, education, business, etc.) read the CDC's Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission.

"Community mitigation is a set of actions that persons and communities can take to help slow the spread of respiratory virus infections."

  • Review more guidance for your type of organization:

    • Health Care Providers, Long-term Care Facilities, EMS Personnel

    • Community- & Faith-Based Organizations o Childcare & Schools

    • Colleges & Universities

    • Businesses/Employers (Also see our planning guide)

    • First Responders & Law Enforcement

  • Share information within your organizations about ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. These measures help prevent the spread of influenza as well, which we have seen higher-than-normal rates of this season. Do not shake hands; find another method such as a wave or head nod.

  • If someone is feeling unwell, strongly encourage/allow them to stay home and away from crowds. If they choose to visit their doctor or a hospital and have reason to believe they have COVID-19, they should call before arriving so the facility can prepare. Health care facilities, please consider sharing this recommendation and the appropriate contact number through your social media/other communication channels.  

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