Coronavirus

If you have any questions and would like to speak to someone directly, feel free to call the Kansas Department Of Health and Environment at 866-534-3463 or the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services at 877-435-8411

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Oklahoma State Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline: 877-215-8336

COVID-19 Information for Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline:800-803-7847

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that had not previously been identified in humans. A coronavirus is a virus that can cause respiratory illness ranging from the common cold to more severe illness such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). Our public health system—both local, national, and international, is well-practiced with these types of respiratory viruses.

In the United States, we have started to see community spread of this virus and have implemented an aggressive public health response. However, the immediate health risk for the general public in the U.S. is still considered low.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Missouri Governor — Michael L. Parson

Office of Communications

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2020

UPDATE: Governor Parson Protects Missouri’s Most Vulnerable Citizens and Workers Impacted by COVID-19

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Governor Mike Parson and his administration are taking steps each day to respond accordingly and protect the health and well-being of Missourians.

“My administration and I are committed to providing quality healthcare to those most dependent on state assistance and ensuring access to those in need of medical services or medications,” Governor Parson said. “A health care provider’s primary focus should be on delivering what a MO HealthNet participant needs to remain healthy during this time, not on the participant’s coverage.”

 

COMMITMENTS TO THOSE DEPENDENT ON GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE

Governor Parson grants flexibility for the Missouri Department of Social Services to provide reassurance and clarity regarding services to our state’s most vulnerable population.

Missouri Medicaid-MO HealthNet

  • Eligibility for any Medicaid participant will not be terminated unless the individual requests a voluntary termination of eligibility or the individual ceases to be a resident of the state through the end of the federal emergency COVID-19 declaration
  • Extending 90 days of MO HealthNet coverage to Missourians ages 19-64 who test positive for COVID-19 and meet the income and resource eligibility guidelines
  • Relaxing requirements related to prescription refills and prior authorizations to ensure participants have access to essential medications
  • Expediting new provider enrollment applications and waiving certain enrollment requirements such as application fees and on-site visits to enable providers to serve Medicaid participants
  • Waiving the co-payment for any services provided by means of telehealth

Food Stamp/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • The Family Support Division is waiving all work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents for 90 days

Child Care Subsidy Program

  • Child Care Subsidy benefits are extended for 90 days
  • Provider application renewals are extended for 90 days
  • Approve additional hours of care for families on a case-by-case basis

Family Support Division has requested waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service to:

  • Waive all Food Stamp adverse action notices for 90 days
  • Waive initial in-person Food Stamp interviews for 90 days
  • Extend Food Stamp certification periods by 6 months – this waiver has been received 

 

FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR MISSOURI FAMILIES

Providing peace of mind and financial security for Missouri workers and families moving forward as we combat COVID-19 is a top priority for Governor Parson. The Department of Revenue has contributed to our state’s response by easing the burden and short-term uncertainty facing our state.

Mirroring the federal guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) will provide special filing and payment relief to individuals and corporations:

  • Filing deadline extended: The deadline to file income tax returns has been extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
  • Payment relief for individuals and corporations: Income tax payment deadlines for individual and corporate income returns with a due date of April 15, 2020, are extended until July 15, 2020. This payment relief applies to all individual income tax returns, income tax returns filed by C Corporations, and income tax returns filed by trusts or estates. The Department of Revenue will automatically provide this relief, so filers do not need to take any additional steps to qualify.
  • This relief for individuals and corporations will also include estimated tax payments for tax year 2020 that are due on April 15, 2020.
  • Penalties and interest will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of July 16, 2020. Individuals and corporations that file their return or request an extension of time to file by July 15, 2020, will automatically avoid interest and penalties on the tax paid by July 15.

To alleviate public congestion in local license offices, DOR has implemented automatic extensions for expiring driver licenses and motor vehicle registrations. These extensions are effective immediately:

  • Vehicle owners with registrations or license plates expiring in March and April have been granted an automatic two-month extension. Owners will be able to continue operating their vehicles on Missouri roadways without penalty until they can apply for renewal.
  • The time frame in which a vehicle safety and emission inspection is valid for March and April license plate expirations has also been extended an additional 60 days. Applicants for title will not be assessed a late title penalty when visiting a license office, effective immediately; this waiver will continue through April 30, 2020.

Valid Missouri driver licenses, nondriver licenses and noncommercial instruction permits with original expiration dates of March 1, 2020, through April 30, 2020, have been granted an automatic 60-day extension:

  • The approved extension does not waive the mandatory retesting requirement for persons who have allowed their license to expire for more than 184 days. Also, individuals who were provided notice to complete additional testing as part of a medical review program requirement may be granted an additional 60 days to comply with such requirements. 

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Missouri Governor — Michael L. Parson

Office of Communications

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2020

UPDATE: Governor Parson Directs DHSS Director to Require Social Distancing Statewide

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Building on Missouri’s efforts to address COVID-19, Governor Mike Parson has directed Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) Director Dr. Randall Williams to order statewide social distancing.

The Order includes new measures to protect the health and safety of Missouri citizens and frontline workers.

“As the COVID-19 crisis continues to develop, this is a critical step in protecting the health and safety of Missourians,” Governor Parson said. “I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for all citizens to practice social distancing and abide by this order, which is backed by intense deliberation and knowledge.”

The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, finding it necessary to protect public health and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, pursuant to the authority granted under section 192.020, RSMo, hereby orders the following:

  1. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people. For purposes of this Order, “social gatherings” shall mean any planned or spontaneous event or convening that would bring together more than ten (10) people in a single space at the same time.
  2. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this Order.
  3. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance.
  4. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, schools shall remain closedThis Order does not prohibit schools from providing child care and Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify. Teachers and staff may enter the building as long as they follow the directives set forth in this Order. 

This Order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including maintaining at least six feet (6’) of distance between all individuals that are not family members.

For offices and workplaces that remain open, individuals shall practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this Order will expire.

Local public health authorities are hereby directed to carry out and enforce the provisions of this Order by means of civil proceedings.

The Order will take effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, March 23, 2020 and remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 6, 2020 unless extended by further order of the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with said extensions not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-02.

“This is a serious time for our state and nation, and we must continue taking all steps necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Governor Parson said.  “The more people reduce their public contact, the sooner the virus will be contained and the sooner we can overcome this challenge.”

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If you have any questions and would like to speak to someone directly, feel free to call the Kansas Department Of Health and Environment at 866-534-3463 or the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services at 877-435-8411

 

Public Information Office

       602 S. Main Street

Joplin, Missouri 64801

     417-624-0820 Ext. 204

     lonstot@joplinmo.org

     www.joplinmo.org

 

NEWS RELEASE                    

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2020           (COVID-19: NR7)

SUBJECT:      State of Missouri: all must practice social distancing; groups to have 10 or less

CONTACT:    Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer, City of Joplin

                        417-624-0820, ext. 204

With today’s directive from the State of Missouri ordering all citizens to practice social distancing, City Health Director Dan Pekarek emphasizes the significance of this step to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“It is key that our citizens understand that this is a critical time for the community,” said Pekarek. “Although we have not experienced many cases in our area, we have to believe that there are persons infected with COVID-19 in the community. Most people will get mild symptoms and may not recognize they could be a carrier of the virus. By avoiding unnecessary outings, citizens are helping their fellow neighbors. We appreciate their compliance to this order.”

To protect public health and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services ordered the following in accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

  1. Every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people. For purposes of this Order, “social gatherings” shall mean any planned or spontaneous event or convening that would bring together more than ten (10) people in a single space at the same time.
  2. Every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this Order.
  3. People shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance.
  4. Schools shall remain closedThis Order does not prohibit schools from providing child care and Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify. Teachers and staff may enter the building as long as they follow the directives set forth in this Order. 

People may still visit a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken, maintaining at least six feet of distance between all individuals that are not family members.

For offices and workplaces that remain open, individuals shall practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this Order will expire.

This directive from the State of Missouri supersedes the local ordinance passed last week that kept groups to 50 or less.

“This reduction in crowds will help alleviate the passing of germs often associated with large groups,” said Pekarek. “It also removes the possibility of dining inside a restaurant and will require citizens to get their food either through pick-up, drive through or delivery. These measures for the next two weeks will be crucial to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 in our community and we appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we go through this unfortunate time.”

The Order will take effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, March 23, 2020 and remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 6, 2020 unless extended by further order of the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with said extensions not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-02.

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website: https://www.joplinmo.org/1056/COVID-19 or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/ .

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RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES

MOVE WORK FORWARD NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE

With the unknown direction of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is actively working to support the local business community. We have compiled a list of resources to provide general information about the virus and a list of applications that can help employees collaborate effectively, even when they must work remotely.

Everything you want to know about Coronavirus can be found on the Centers for disease control and prevention website HERE

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus, you can also call the Missouri Coronavirus Hotline. The number is 877-435-8411.

Release from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

JEFFERSON CITY, MO –The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. At 8 a.m. today, the hotline opened and can be reached at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Communication is vital to our response to this rapidly-evolving situation,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of DHSS. “For several weeks, our COVID-19 webpage has been and continues to be a great resource for the public, but having the hotline as an additional resource will likely be invaluable as citizens seek guidance for their concerns.”

To date, 46 patients in Missouri have been tested for the virus that causes COVID-19; one of those has tested positive.

“It is important to know what to do if you have concerns about an illness during this outbreak,” said Williams. “For those who may be at risk for COVID-19, we encourage them to utilize this hotline or call their health care provider or local public health agency to inform them of their travel history and symptoms. They’ll be instructed on how to receive care without exposing others to the possible illness.”

Simple preventive actions that help prevent the spread of all types of respiratory viruses include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • NEWS RELEASE

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 16, 2020 (COVID-19: NR4)

    SUBJECT: City offers payment options for utilities and business licenses  

    CONTACT: Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer, City of Joplin

    417-624-0820, ext. 204

    During this public health emergency and a focus on social distancing due to the coronavirus-19, the City is working to find options to help citizens in various ways, including making their monthly utility payment and/or business license fees.

    On a temporary basis, utility billing clerks will accept payment by phone for monthly utility bills. Residents can call 417-627-2955 and should have their account information to give to the clerk, along with their payment information. 

    Payment by phone is also temporarily available for business owners needing to pay their business license fee to meet the April 14 deadline. They should call 417-624-0820, ext. 1242.

    Citizens can also make their utility payment through the drop box located on the west side of City Hall. Envelopes are provided at the box and should be used with their payment of a check or money order and the statement stub to ensure that the proper account is credited. 

    Online payments are also an option for paying sewer and trash bills. To directly link to the site, go to www.joplinmo.org/payments. The site instructs the payee on how to complete the process of entering their billing information as well as their personal data needed to process their payment. The payment software program offers residents several options on their types of payments, including one-time payment or automatic monthly payments. The City does not assess a fee for online utility bill payments.  

    Leslie Haase, Finance Director, emphasized that the website is a secured site and the individual data will not be shared. “This option provides not only convenience without additional fees, but also security to those who choose to utilize it,” she said.

    Residents are also welcome to mail their payment to the City of Joplin, Attn: Utility Billing, 602 South Main, Joplin, Mo., 64801. This address also appears in the bottom right corner of their statement. 

     “We understand this could be a difficult time for our citizens,” said Haase. “Our customer service representatives can help citizens with payment options or make payment arrangements should they be needed. The uncertainty of this virus can be stressful, and we don’t want to contribute any more hardship or worries on our citizens during this time.”

    Citizens can be reassured that our City public health officials and other staff are monitoring the situation and will keep them informed with local updates as warranted. For more information about COVID-19, visit our website: https://www.joplinmo.org/1056/COVID-19 or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/ .

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For more information, visit www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC’s COVID-19 website.