Dr. Burke/ Atchison County Commission Proclaimation
HEALTH EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION
A proclamation declaring a Health emergency regarding COVID-19 in the county of Atchison, Missouri, and recommending a “Safer at Home” request as a preventative measure to restrict the transmission thereof.
BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE ATCHISON COUNTY MEDICAL DIRECTOR; THE ATCHISON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE ATCHISON COUNTY COMMISSION OF ATCHISON COUNTY MISSOURI AS FOLLOWS:
Whereas, in December 2019, a novel coronavirus, now designated as COVID-19, was detected in Wuhan, China; and
Whereas, symptoms of the COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and can range from mild to severe illness and in some cases, death; and
Whereas, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic; and
Whereas, the Center of Disease Control (CDC), State and Local Public Health Officials are closely monitoring the growing number of COVID-19 cases that have spread into the United States; and
Whereas, as of Monday, March 30, 2020 there have been 1031 confirmed cases in the State of Missouri resulting in thirteen deaths thus far: and
Whereas, therefore the Atchison County Medical Director; the Atchison County Health Department and the Atchison County Commission strongly encourage all residents to follow the below recommendations:
1. To the maximum extent possible, “Stay Safe at Home” by remaining in their respective residences, 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. We encourage you to call ahead so you may be directed to the correct point of treatment.
3. Avoid all social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people.
4. Implement personal protective measures, such as staying home when sick, frequent hand washing, 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, while continuing social distancing.
6. Engage in social distancing by taking responsible efforts to be separated from other individuals by at least six (6) feet.
7. Education and childcare must be limited to 10 children or less with consistent clientele.
Whereas, furthermore, it is strongly encouraged that all local businesses that do remain open adhere to the social distancing guidelines as set out by the CDC. If your business is unable to abide by those guidelines it may be in the publics best interest to suspend services at this time. Current guidance issued by the CDC for businesses and workplaces is: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html
Whereas, by the order of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Administrator of the Atchison County Health Department all food establishments must serve customers via drive-thru, pick-up or delivery only; effective 12:01 am April 1, 2020 until 12:01, May 1, 2020; and
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Atchison County Medical Director; the Atchison County Health Department and the Atchison County Commission, by virtue of the authority vested in us by the laws of Missouri, do hereby proclaim a health emergency in the County of Atchison, Missouri and urge all residents to adhere to the recommendations set forth in this proclamation.