Communicable Disease

New Public Health Emergency Order Issued

A new Public Health Emergency Order has been issued to supersede the current order. This order will take effect at 12:01AM May 4th. The text of the order follows.

A copy of the signed order can be found:

Public Health Emergency Order

County of Clinton Order 20-02

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 continue protective action to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and to reduce the spread of COVID-19; 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;

WHEREAS, as of April 30th, 2020 new cases of COVID-19 have shown a significant decrease, and available testing for acute illness has grown to an acceptable level to warrant loosening restrictions in the prior Emergency Order issued by the Clinton County Health Department; 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:

Public Health Emergency Order 20-01dated March 26th 2020 is hereby repealed effective 11:59PM May 3rd, 2020.

All Persons shall:

  1. Remain home if sick or ill, except to seek medical treatment from a licensed medical provider.
  2. Implement personal protective measures, such as staying home when sick, frequent handwashing, and routine cleaning of surfaces.
  3. Engage in social distancing by taking responsible efforts to be separated from other individuals by at least six (6) feet.
  4. Persons at high risk due to pre-existing conditions or advanced age are advised to remain sheltered at home as much a practical, and should avoid group gatherings.

All Businesses shall:

  1. Limit the number or persons in any particular location as follows:
    1. 25% or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy for businesses with square footage less than 10,000ft2
    2. 10% or less of the entity’s authorized fire or building code occupancy for businesses with square footage of 10,000ft2 or more.
    3. Base occupancy shall be calculated by municipal code, if applicable, or at the rate of 1 person per 30ft2 if located in a municipality who’s code does not define occupancy load, or for any business located within an unincorporated area of Clinton County.
  1. Maintain a distance of at least six feet between all persons if able.
  2. Provide alternative protective measures, including but not limited to coverings for the nose and mouth for employees whose regular job duties require them to work closer than six feet from other employees or customers.
  3. Continue to permit all employees who are capable to work from their residence or regular place of abode.
  4. Require ill employees to exclude themselves from work while sick or ill until such time as employee’s symptoms have resolved or they have been cleared to return to work from a licensed healthcare provider.
  5. Provide for regular cleaning, disinfection, and other mitigation of risk

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 at 12:01AM on Monday, May 4th, 2020 and shall be remain in effect until 11:59PM on Sunday, May 31, 2020 unless earlier amended or revoked by the County Health Officer of Clinton County.

It is so ordered this 30th Day of April, 2020

Blair Shock

Administrator / County Health Officer

Clinton County Health Department

Interim Guidance on Group Gatherings

Items below are intended to provide guidance for those who are organizing or attending any social, religious, or business group gathering. They are not part of the order above, but should be used to clarify personal and business requirements related to group gatherings.

  • All persons are strongly encouraged to limit attendance at large group gatherings to 25 or fewer persons.
  • Church gatherings are permitted so long as they comply with individual distancing requirements as well as reduced occupancy limits as defined for businesses within this order. Churches are strongly encouraged to continue to provide alternative means of electronic attendance for members even as in-person meetings resume.
  • Persons at high risk due to pre-existing conditions or advanced age are advised to remain sheltered at home as much a practical, and should avoid group gatherings.
  • All applicable business and personal requirements of Public Health Order 20-02 remain applicable for group gatherings.

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

FluMist Available

WHACK the FluThe Health Department has FluMist available for eligible persons age 2 to 49. The cost is $20 for private pay. The Health Department will bill Medicare or Medicaid. There is no cost to children age 19 and younger who are VFC (Vaccines For Children) eligible.