Author: Blair Shock

Additional COVID-19 Cases Detected in Clinton County

March 28, 2020

Press Release

On March 28, 2020, the Clinton County Health Department was notified of two confirmed positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). These positive tests are a result of increased testing availability and capacity within Clinton County, and the State. We expect to see additional cases as a result of this increased testing. The first patient is a female in her teens with travel to an area with a large number of cases. The second patient is a female in her 30s. Both patients are recovering at home under voluntary self-isolation.

The Clinton County Health Department is working with Regional, State, and Federal partners in response to positive cases, and will continue to work to reduce the risk posed by this illness to the residents of Clinton County.

These positive tests affirm the message that local, State, and Federal Health Authorities have been stressing over the past several weeks: This illness is within our communities, and members or our communities must take protective actions as advised by Health Authorities  to slow and prevent it’s spread within our communities, including adhering to the Emergency Order issued earlier this week.

Blair Shock

Administrator

Clinton County Health Department

Public Health Emergency Order In Effect

Public Health Emergency Order

County of Clinton Order 20-01

WHEREAS, the existence and spread of the COVID -19 virus has resulted in the declaration of a worldwide pandemic, and it is necessary and appropriate to take quick action to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and to reduce the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, as of March 23, 2020 the COVID19 virus has been confirmed in a resident of Clinton County, as well as multiple cases withing the entire Kansas City Metro area involving multiple fatalities, as well as now demonstrating community spread with the number of cases escalating daily; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 virus spreads between people who are in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes; and

WHEREAS, a gathering of individuals without necessary mitigation for the spread of infection may pose a risk of the spread of infectious disease; and

WHEREAS, the County wishes to employ all means available under the law to protect public life, health,

safety and property to limit the development, contraction and spread of COVID-19 creating this emergency; and

WHEREAS, I, Blair E Shock, Administrator of Public Health for the Clinton County Health Department and Health Officer for the County of Clinton do find the aforementioned conditions constitute a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Clinton County, and creates a public health emergency situation within the meaning of Chapter 192 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri and Title 19 Division 20, Chapter 20 of the MO Code of State Regulations;

NOW, THEREFORE, under the power vested in me under appropriate local, state and federal regulations and other enabling provisions, I, Blair E. Shock, Administrator of Public Health for the Clinton County Health Department and Health Officer for the County of Clinton do hereby order the following:

All Persons shall:

  1. To the maximum extent possible, shelter in place by remaining in their respective residences or regular places of abode, avoiding contact with people with whom they do not reside, and avoiding public places except as necessary to obtain food, supplies, and medical treatment.
  2. Remain home if sick or ill, except to seek medical treatment from a licensed medical provider.
  3. Avoid all social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people.
  4. Implement personal protective measures, such as staying home when sick, frequent handwashing, and routine cleaning of surfaces.
  5. Avoid individual travel except for attending work; obtaining food supplies, medicine, medical treatment; and participating in outdoor recreational activities.
  6. Engage in social distancing by taking responsible efforts to be separated from other individuals by at least six (6) feet.

All Businesses shall:

  1. Close any community seating areas operated by a food establishment. Food establishments may continue to provide services via carry-out, drive-thru, curbside, or delivery to customers.
  2. Permit all employees who are capable to work from their residence or regular place of abode.
  3. Provide for the implementation of appropriate personal protective and social distancing measures as defined by current guidance issued by the CDC for businesses and workplaces. (Such guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html)
  4. Require ill employees to exclude themselves from work while sick or ill until such time as employees symptoms have resolved, or they have been cleared to return to work from a licensed healthcare provider.

Violation of this order constitutes an imminent threat to public health and shall be in violation of RSMo 192.300(4)

This order shall begin upon adoption and publication, and shall remain in place until such time as the emergency has been abated. Review of necessity for this order shall take place no less than weekly. Extension or recision of this order shall be made in conference with the County Commission of Clinton County as well as State and National Public Health Authorities.

It is so ordered this 26th day of March, 2020

Blair Shock

Administrator

Clinton County Health Department

First Confirmed Positive case of COVID-19 Reported in Clinton County

On March 22, 2020, the Clinton County Health Department was notified by a Healthcare Provider of a presumptive positive for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The affected party is a Male between 40 and 50 years of age, and a resident of Clinton County. The party is experiencing mild illness, and is recovering at home, under voluntary self-isolation.

As of March 23, 2020, this case has been confirmed as being positive by a CDC certified laboratory.

The Clinton County Health Department is working with Regional, State, and Federal partners in response to this positive case, and will continue to work to reduce the risk posed by this illness to the residents of Clinton County.

This positive case reinforces the message that local, State, and Federal Health Authorities have been stressing over the past several weeks: This illness is within our communities, and members of our communities must take protective actions as advised by Health Authorities to slow and prevent it’s spread within our communities.

Residents should know and must abide by the mandatory social distancing order in which begin Monday morning, and is in effect until April 6, 2020 unless further extended. The full text of this order can be found at this link

Blair Shock, Administrator, Clinton County Health Department

Health Department Adopts Tobacco Free Campus Policy

Effective March 7, 2019 the Clinton County Health Department has adopted a tobacco free campus policy which applies to the Health Department property in Plattsburg.

The policy applies to both smoked and smokeless tobacco, as well as nicotine containing vaporized devises, and applies to all areas of the Health Department Campus, both indoors and outdoors.

This policy was adopted in part in ensure a healthy environment for our staff, clients, and visitors. It was also adopted to better reflect the Health-Focused culture of the Health Department.

While the Health Department recognizes and respects an adult’s right to make choices in their habits, we also recognize that there are those who don’t have the ability to make these choices. We commit to do our best to ensure that those in this position are ensured a clean and safe environment while they are guests on our campus.

We also recognize that societal norms have shifted significantly over the last couple of decades. With more and more businesses, and municipalities adopting clean air and smoke-free ordinances, we felt it was important to encourage these changes to continue, and to be a visible advocate for those changes.

The Health Department is committed to improving the Health of all persons within Clinton County. Access to educational resources, as well as referral to resources for tobacco cessation are available to anyone who would needs help kicking a tobacco or vape habit.

Adoption of this policy was made possible by a grant from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program.

Board of Trustees Elections


                Pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 205.041, Revised Statutes of Missouri, notice is hereby given that the General Election for the CLINTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT will be held on April 2, 2019, for the purpose of electing two (2) Health Department Trustees.  Each position is for a term of four (4) years.

            Interested persons must file a “Declaration of Candidacy”  at the Clinton County Health Department, 106 Bush Street; Plattsburg, MO  64477. Candidates will be requested to show photo ID and Clinton County Voter’s Registration Card.  The first day for filing is December 11th, 2018 and closing date is January 15th, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Between those dates, filing will take place during the department’s regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m –12:00 p.m / 1:00 pm – 5: 00 p.m.   

Maternal Child Health 2019 – 2021 Workplan

The Clinton County Health Department participates in the Maternal Child Health Program administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and funded by the Title V MCH Block Grant.

The goal of this program is to improve health outcomes of Children and Women of Childbearing Age.

Programs through this grant are administered in 3 year projects. Below, you will find our workplan for the project years 2019 – 2021. This project will focus on smoking cessation.

CCHD MCH Workplan FY 19-21