Area leaders answer questions regarding stay at home order

Posted at 1:36 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 16:41:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There was no confusion about the message Sunday from area leaders: stay home and stay healthy.

We've compiled a list of resources by community to help understand the order:

Johnson County, Kansas

Jackson County, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri

Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas

Leavenworth County, Kansas

Platte County, Missouri
Clay County, Missouri

Mayors Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri, and Mayor David Alvey of Kansas City, Kansas urged everyone to follow the simple message of Stay Home KC.

A news conference was held at Union Station to lay out the requirements for residents and businesses as a stay at home order goes into effect on at midnight Tuesday.

"Yesterday, all the public health directors in the area signed a stay at home order to try to slow the spread of COVID 19, not just in one community, but throughout the metro area,'' said Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MPH, Health Officer, Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.

Dr. Greiner emphasized the need for good hygiene practices and social distancing.

Those include washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water.

Greiner said people can continue walks, but should maintain a social distance of at least six feet.

Jackson County Executive Frank White said that despite our differences, we stand united and speak united as one.

"We stand united in our belief that our communities are strong, compassionate and loving,'' White said. Together as one, we will overcome the challenges that lie ahead.''

Johnson County, Kansas Commission Chairman Ed Eilert said the order identifies essential businesses, but hopes employers will give their employees every chance to stay healthy.

Mayor Quinton Lucas began his remarks by reminding everyone of the giant party just a few weeks ago at Union Station to celebrate the Chiefs Super Bowl victory.

He praised the long hours put in by health departments and health care workers to help deal with coronavirus.

"It is profound we have come up with the order you see before us today,'' Lucas said.

He pointed out Leavenworth and Platte counties also issued stay-at-home orders Sunday.

Lucas also said it's important to remember to make sure the homeless and other less-fortunate people are checked on to make sure they are staying healthy.

White finished his remarks with the words, "Stay strong, stay safe and stay home.''