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Public Health Emergency Order Issued

Public Health Emergency Order
County of Clinton Order 20-03


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; and


WHEREAS, School Districts and the Clinton County Health Department share a mutual obligation to protect the health and welfare of students, faculty, and staff; and

WHEREAS, the Clinton County Health Department has worked, and continues to work in concert with school districts within Clinton County to plan and prepare for re-opening of schools during the ongoing Public Health 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:


School Districts with educational facilities located within Clinton County shall:

  • Develop and implement a COVID-19 policy to mitigate, as much as possible, risk of contagion among faculty, staff, and students within their respective districts.
  • Implement policies consistent with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These policies shall include multiple protective measures, including:
    • cohorting of students
    • exclusion of exposed or symptomatic students and staff
    • implementation of barriers when appropriate
    • changes in facility use and spacing as appropriate to reduce risk
    • other strategies identified by school administration which will reduce the risk of contagion within school facilities
  • These policies shall include mandatory masking of all students, faculty, and staff except during outdoor activities, physical conditioning, consuming food or beverages, when seeing the mouth is essential for learning or communicating. These policies shall include exemptions for medical and physical contraindications. School Districts shall have discretion on how to best implement these policies.
  • Suspend policies which incentivize attendance for students until such time as the Public Health Emergency in the State of Missouri for COVID-19 is declared over or rescinded.
  • Develop procedures for isolation of students and staff who develop symptoms compatible with COVID-19 while present in school facilities.
  • Develop policies to mitigate risk for activities which have shown to increase risk of COVID-19 contagion, including but not limited to group singing, playing of musical instruments, high exertion activities, and activities of larger groups of students.

Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers of Students who attend public school facilities located within Clinton County shall:

  • Adhere to guidance issued by medical staff and Public Health Authorities pertaining to isolation and/or quarantine of students and household contacts of students who have contracted, may have contracted, or have been in close contact with a patient who has contracted COVID-19.
  • Adhere to school district policies regarding exclusion of students displaying symptoms of illness.

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

This order shall begin at 12:01AM on Monday, August 10, 2020 and shall remain in effect until 11:59PM on Thursday December 31, 2020 unless earlier amended or revoked by the County Health Officer of Clinton County.

It is so ordered this 6th Day of August, 2020

Blair Shock

Administrator / County Health Officer

Clinton County Health Department

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.

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