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Clay County, Missouri, issues public health emergency order

Clay County Courthouse
Posted at 11:17 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 00:17:12-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Clay County, Missouri, sent out a public health emergency order Tuesday night because of the coronavirus threat.

The order states, "it's necessary and appropriate to take quick action to reduce the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 and to reduce the spread of COVID-19.''

Clay County Presiding Commissioner, Jerry Nolte, declared the State of Emergency in the County, according to the statement.

Gary E. Zaborac, Director of Public Health for the Clay County Public Health Center and Health Officer for the county, ordered what has become common in cities and counties around the metro.

No public gatherings of 10 or more people in attendance, both indoor and outdoor.

The exceptions to that rule include governmental and judicial functions, health care facilities, daycare facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, private business operations, religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals.

Restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, clubs and movie theaters are closed to the public.

Restaurants can still offer curbside, drive-through and delivery food and beverage services.

The order runs for 14 days, but it could be extended.