Harrison County health officials today enacted a “Stay at Home” order due to what’s called a public health emergency.
The announcement came this morning from Harrison County Health Department administrator Courtney Cross. The order is to remain in place until such time as the local health emergency has been abated. The order is to be reviewed weekly and made in conference with the Harrison County Commission as well as state and national public health authorities.
In part, the order explains it’s necessary to take action in the effort to reduce the possibility of exposure to the Coronavirus and reduce its potential to spread. While multiple positive cases have been confirmed in northwest Missouri due to community spread, there’s just one in Harrison County as of Monday, March 30, 2020
The order is for all individuals to the extent possible, shelter in place by remaining at home, avoiding contact with people with whom they do not reside, and avoiding public places except as necessary to obtain food, supplies, and medical treatment. Citizens are to avoid social gatherings in groups of ten or more people and to maintain social distancing by at least six feet.
Businesses in Harrison County are to close any community seating areas operated by a food establishment but they may continue with services via the use of carry out, drive through, curbside, or delivery to customers. The businesses also are to permit employees to work from home if feasible. Those who are ill should exclude themselves from work while sick or ill until such time as symptoms have been resolved.
Harrison joins Clinton and Chariton counties with an official “Stay at Home” order. Others beyond our local area with “Stay at Home” orders include the cities of Columbia, Kansas City, and St. Joseph; plus the counties of Andrew, Clay, Nodaway, Platte, Randolph, and Ray.
Statewide, at least 22 “Stay at Home” orders have been issued so far for respective jurisdictions.