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Crawford County Sheriff Assistance Program

The Crawford County Sheriff has started an Assistance Program for members of the community in their time of need. Some citizens in the county are limited from travel and are not able to pick up the essential items they may need. The COVID-19 Virus outbreak has presented challenges for many residents  to get basic food and medical items. Your friends and neighbors that are elderly, handicapped, high risk to the COVID-19 Virus, or only have limited transportation available.The Crawford County Sheriff’s office feels it is their duty to reach out and assist those members of the community during this crisis. Contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at 620-724-8274 for full details.

 

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Agricultural Producers Eligible For Paycheck Protection Program

     The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated significant resources to the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help small businesses survive and keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Traditionally, agricultural producers have not qualified for a majority of SBA programs. However, due to the diligent work of NCBA, the SBA eligibility criteria was broadened in the CARES ACT to include agriculture.
     One SBA program that may be of interest to livestock producers is the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that provides small businesses, those with less than 500 employees, with funds to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs, including benefits. Loans of up to $10 million will be made available to cover 2.5 times the average monthly cost of payroll, which is measured by payroll costs of the 12 months preceding the loan origination date, plus an additional 25% for non-payroll costs. This includes salaries; employee benefits, including healthcare and retirement; mortgage interest payments, but not prepayments or principal payments; rent; utilities; and interest payments on any other debt obligations that were incurred before February 15, 2020. At least 75% of the loan must be used for payroll costs.
     PPP is retroactive to February 15, 2020, and loans will be available through June 30, 2020. The funds used during this eight-week period can be 100% forgiven, as long as this funding is used on approved expenses and employees are not terminated and wages are not reduced. While the program is open until the end of June, loans will be available on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, those wanting to apply should contact their lenders as soon as possible. The PPP borrower application can be found here.

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“Fire 03” by dusanvf is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

 

Landowners Reduce Burning 

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic that is currently impacting the United States, including Kansas, Officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department of Agriculture are asking landowners and managers to voluntarily reduce the number of acres they plan to burn this spring. To support the recommendation, the Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are encouraging the delay of any scheduled prescribed burning of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres. FSA and NRCS will assist landowners in choosing an alternative type of CRP management practice for the current year through a revised Conservation Plan of Operations. Applicable CRP contract producers will need to contact their local service center to initiate the change request, then complete the necessary paperwork, which can be done by mailing it in or through email. Contact information for local service centers can be found here.

If land managers insist on burning, it is critical that they consult the smoke modeling tool on www.ksfire.org. This tool indicates the level at which a burn would contribute to urban area air quality problems. Land managers should not burn if the area is predicted in the large (red) contribution range on the smoke modeling map.

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For additional information on city update, refer to the City of Joplin’s website.
Dear Joplin Business Leaders:

During these challenging times, as the situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to develop, I am reaching out to inform the Joplin business community of the measures the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is taking to minimize the negative economic impact while still promote public health and safety, and what you can do to help.

Preparedness

We need our business community to embrace these new norms, show leadership, and be vigilant while remaining calm. Below are recommended strategies from the CDC for employers to use:

o   Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
o   Separate sick employees.
o   Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees.
o   Perform routine environmental cleaning.
o   Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
o   If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.

For more information, refer to the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page.

Prepare To Work Remotely

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has 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:

https://joplincc.com/serve-local-businesses/coronavirusresourcesforbusinesses/

Ways To Support Local Businesses:

The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Joplin Alliance have been assembling data from our local retailers and restaurant owners. We will be compiling this information into a new website that will launch in the coming days as a public directory of local businesses that offer gift cards, food pickup, and food delivery, including links to those points-of-purchase. If your business offers gift cards, food delivery, or food pickup, please contact lisa@joplincc.com with those details so we can add your business to the new website under development.
The Federal Government has authorized $50 billion in disaster recovery loan

Funding to be administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). To activate the program, the SBA needs your help. In order to assist with the required process to have the Joplin region apply and qualify as an official “economic injury disaster area” for the SBA’s “Economic Injury Disaster Loans” program for small businesses and private non-profit entities, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has created this economic impact survey, a required step before the Governor can request SBA Disaster Assistance in response to the COVID-19.

Small businesses and non-profits will be eligible for low-interest, long-term loans for physical and economic damages caused by a declared disaster. To learn more about the program, go here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/Index

 

For additional information on city update, refer to the City of Joplin’s website.
Dear Joplin Business Leaders:
During these challenging times, as the situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to develop, I am reaching out to inform the Joplin business community of the measures the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce is taking to minimize the negative economic impact while still promote public health and safety, and what you can do to help.
Preparedness
We need our business community to embrace these new norms, show leadership, and be vigilant while remaining calm. Below are recommended strategies from the CDC for employers to use:
o   Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
o   Separate sick employees.
o   Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette, and hand hygiene by all employees.
o   Perform routine environmental cleaning.
o   Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
o   If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employees exposed to a co-worker with confirmed COVID-19 should refer to CDC guidance for how to conduct a risk assessment of their potential exposure.
For more information, refer to the CDC’s Guidance for Businesses and Employers web page.
Prepare To Work Remotely
The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has 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:
Ways To Support Local Businesses:
The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Joplin Alliance have been assembling data from our local retailers and restaurant owners. We will be compiling this information into a new website that will launch in the coming days as a public directory of local businesses that offer gift cards, food pickup, and food delivery, including links to those points-of-purchase. If your business offers gift cards, food delivery, or food pickup, please contact lisa@joplincc.com with those details so we can add your business to the new website under development.

Steve Scott interviews Paula Baker President & CEO Freeman Health System

“virus” by Sanofi Pasteur is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 23, 2020           (COVID-19: NR10)

SUBJECT:      First presumptive positive case of COVID-19 announced in Joplin

CONTACT:    Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer

                        417-624-0820, ext. 204

The Joplin Health Department today announces the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in an adult in the city of Joplin. In consultation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, this is considered a case and therefore will be investigated as such.

To protect the patient’s right to privacy, identifying information will not be provided.  As part of the regular practice of disease investigation, the Health Department will notify people who have had contact with the patient. This does not appear to be a travel-related case.

The Joplin Health Department staff are working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to determine any close contacts of this individual who were possibly exposed. If exposed, health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

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/ .

– WWW.JOPLINMO.ORG –

 

Cherokee County Sherrif on COVID-19

 

The patient, who is only being identified as a child under the age of 5, is currently isolated and has not been hospitalized.Since receiving confirmation, Crawford County Health Department Officials have been in contact with the parents of the child and are diligently working to identify any recent close contacts the child has had and those who may have been exposed will be contacted as soon as possible.

Over the past couple of weeks, Crawford County Officials with the Health Department, Office of Emergency Management, Sheriff’s Office and other community leaders, including those in the medical field have been meeting and preparing for the continued spread of COVID-19 across the country.

In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, Crawford County Health Department Director/County Health Officer Rebecca Adamson continues to urge residents to frequently wash their hands with soap and warm water, refrain from touching their face, cough/sneeze into their sleeve, and stay home if they are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The CDC, KDHE, and the Crawford County Health Department are strongly recommending that citizens limit travel to that which is absolutely necessary. Please remember the recommendations of social distancing (staying 6 feet apart). By limiting face to face interactions with others the spread of the virus is projected to be reduced significantly.

If staying home is not an option, residents are encouraged to avoid large groups of people and avoid being within six feet of someone for a period longer than ten minutes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of a fever greater than 100.0 degrees (F), a cough and shortness of breath are encouraged to call their medical provider. By calling ahead, you avoid putting other patients and medical staff at risk. Clinic staff will be able to provide instructions and prepare prior to your arrival to the office. Under guidance from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, those who are exhibiting the symptoms previously described, will first be tested for Influenza A/B as well as Strep Throat, prior to meeting the criteria to be tested for COVID-19.

PRESS RELEASE: Second Positve COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Cherokee County

Cherokee County Health Officials confirmed another positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Sunday, March 22, 2020. The 69 year-old man is fully cooperating with local health officials and is currently quarantined at home as his condition is not severe enough to warrant hospitalization at this time.

“As with any infectious disease investigation, which the Health Department regularly conducts with a variety of viruses, our team has been working with the man and have been able to rule out any recent travel to known and identified high risk areas along with any recent contact with any known positive cases. However, COVID-19 is able to spread and survive on certain surfaces for a period of several days, which is why we strongly encourage cleaning and sanitizing frequently touched areas,” stated Cherokee County Health Department Administrator Betha Elliott

Under Kansas Department of Health and Environment guidelines, those who are exhibiting symptoms of fever greater than 100°F, cough and shortness of breath, who also test negative for Influenza A and B may then be tested for COVID-19, at the direction of their medical provider. However, on Friday, Dr. Lee Norman, Secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment warned the state is running low on their supply of nasal swabs and kits used to conduct the COVID-19 test.

Sunday’s positive test confirmation is the second positive case in Cherokee County with the first, coming from a 52 year-old man on Thursday, March 19th. Cherokee County Health Department Officials continue to monitor the condition of that man, who also remains quarantined at home.

“As this situation continues to evolve across the country and state, there is a very real concern of overwhelming our medical facilities and a lack of access to much needed personal protective equipment for medical providers and first responders. In the course of just one week, Kansas reported going from 6 positive COVID-19 cases to 55 on Saturday, March 21st.” Administrator Elliott went on to say.

Also over the weekend, a second Kansan lost his life. The death of the Johnson County man was announced during a daily update from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

“The overwhelming opinion of medical professionals across the country is we MUST all do our part to help stop the spread of this virus because while some may contract it and be able to handle the symptoms they also could unintentionally spread it to an elderly person or a person with a weakened autoimmune system and without necessary medical space and supplies, the outcome for them could be dire,” Elliott went on to warn.

In an effort to help COVID-19 from spreading, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued new requirements on March 18th mandating a 14 day quarantine for anyone who has traveled outside of the country or traveled on a cruise ship on or after March 15th, traveled to California, Florida, New York or Washington state on or after March 15th, visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado prior to or after March 15th, or have been notified by a public health official (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19.

“We can all do our part to care for our neighbors and help slow the spread by complying with the guidelines provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment along with the Centers for Disease Control and also by maintaining social distancing, working from home if possible, calling in sick if you can’t work from home and aren’t feeling good, not promoting or attending mass gatherings, frequently washing your hands with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds, disinfecting commonly touched areas and by calling your doctor or medical provider if you have non-emergent symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. Because we need to make an effort to keep our area medical professionals safe and healthy, it is strongly recommended anyone exhibiting these symptoms to first call their clinic or doctor’s office so they can provide instructions on what time to arrive and whether or not they should come inside. Many times the medical provider will come to the patient’s vehicle to assess them. Following these procedures helps ensure you don’t inadvertently expose other patients or the medical staff,” concluded Elliott.
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Sheriff Groves reiterates the health guidelines placed by the CDC.

The Kansas Department of Health has set up a hotline and online resources for anyone who believes they have COVID-19 symptoms.

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

 

We will continue to update you with details as they become available.

 

“Show me Tax Relief” on Stimulus 

 

 

 

 

If you have any questions regarding Coronovirus  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

COVID-19 | Oklahoma State Department of Health |

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.

 

 

Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall spoke to us about the city’s response to the Coronavirus on March 18th.

 

Contact: Public Information Manager Sarah Runyon at (620) 687-0073 or sarah.runyon@pittks.org.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2020

Pittsburg City Manager releases statement on city’s response to coronavirus 

PITTSBURG, KS – On Monday, March 16, 2020, Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall released the following statement on the city’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus:

The City of Pittsburg is taking proactive measures to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and protect our community from exposure. Our partners at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE), the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are providing us with clear direction for managing key aspects of our lives. I urge each citizen to take this situation seriously, while remaining calm and acting in a decent, respectful, and compassionate manner towards one another.  

We are taking steps to continue to provide critical city services and support to our local residents, their families and Pittsburg’s business community. Those in our service and hospitality industries rely on tips and wages to support themselves and their families. If you and your family are healthy, it’s a great time to order delivery and pick up services from our local restaurants, and order online from our local retail stores. 

In the meantime, please know that the City of Pittsburg will remain open, while emphasizing the safety of our employees. Our number one responsibility is the safety and wellbeing of our citizens and staff. We continue to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, providing emergency and utility services around the clock for you.   

For updates and information please visit our web site at pittks.org, go to our social media pages, or look for updates on Craw-Kan Channel 406 and Cox Channel 6.  

In your service, 

Daron Hall
Pittsburg City Manager

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The mission of the City of Pittsburg is to provide exceptional services, facilities and activities with integrity, professionalism, excellent customer service and a commitment to economic vitality.

 

Media Advisory 620-724-6115
Office of the Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle, County Clerk
This media advisory is sent out to media outlets to help communicate to citizens of
Crawford County the services that will not be available temporarily due to the
Coronavirus outbreak. Please help us to inform the public of these changes.
Crawford County Closes To The Public
The Crawford County Courthouse in Girard and the Motor Vehicle Office at the Judicial
Center in Pittsburg will be closed to the public until Monday, March 30, 2020.
Beginning on Monday, March 30, the public will be screened at the entrance to the
Courthouse in Girard and to the Judicial Center in Pittsburg. The public is encouraged to
do business with county offices by mail, online or by telephone until further notice. For
more information please call 620-724-6115 or visit the county website at
www.crawfordcountykansas.org .
The Crawford County Health Department remains open for services and you should
call ahead to 620-231-5411 for an appointment.

 

Crawford County Closes To The Public

The Crawford County Courthouse in Girard and the Motor Vehicle Office at the Judicial
Center in Pittsburg will be closed to the public until Monday, March 30, 2020.
Beginning on Monday, March 30, the public will be screened at the entrance to the
Courthouse in Girard and to the Judicial Center in Pittsburg. The public is encouraged to
do business with county offices by mail, online or by telephone until further notice. For
more information please call 620-724-6115 or visit the county website at
www.crawfordcountykansas.org .
The Crawford County Health Department remains open for services and you should
call ahead to 620-231-5411 for an appointment.

City of Pittsburg urges residents: don’t flush these materials down the toilet

PITTSBURG, KS – Local utility officials are urging residents not to flush materials other than toilet paper down the toilet.

Fears over the coronavirus (COVID-19) have caused many shoppers to begin panic-buying, making household essentials like toilet paper scarce. During this shortage, people may be tempted to flush other materials such as paper towels, tissues, napkins or baby wipes down the commode.

Unlike toilet paper, these materials cannot disintegrate properly, which can clog sewer pipes, cause sewer line breaks, and put a strain on our local wastewater treatment facility. Even “flushable” wipes can lead to sewer backups.

Never flush these items down the drain – put them in the trash instead:

  • Baby/facial/cleaning wipes
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Medication
  • Hair
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton swabs/balls
  • Bandages
  • Rags & Towels
  • Rubber Items (like latex gloves)
  • Plastic Items
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues

Contact: Public Information Manager Sarah Runyon at (620) 687-0073 or sarah.runyon@pittks.org.  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2020

City of Pittsburg closes some public facilities, cancels events in response to coronavirus

PITTSBURG, KS – In an abundance of public caution, the City of Pittsburg is taking several proactive steps to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including closing some public facilities and cancelling or postponing public events. City officials plan to reevaluate the situation daily and make adjustments as needed. 

Public meetings will be postponed for 30 days, with the exception of the March 23 Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, and the March 24 City Commission meeting. 

City commissioners may participate remotely by conference call. We encourage citizens to watch commission meetings using one of the following public access channels:

  • Live broadcast: Every second and fourth Tuesday at 5:30 pm on Cox Channel 6, Craw-Kan Channel 406, and YouTube. To find the City’s YouTube channel, visit pittks.org/YouTube
  • Rebroadcast: City commission meetings are re-broadcast in the days following the meeting on Cox Channel 6 and Craw-Kan Channel 406 at 6:00 am, 12:00 pm, 6:00 pm, and 9:00 pm. Meeting videos are also posted to the city’s website at pittks.org/city-government, and on YouTube.

City Hall operations will remain open at this time. However, we are urging utility customers, building contractors and residents to refrain from visiting city offices in-person unless absolutely necessary. The City of Pittsburg provides many services over the phone and online, and we encourage people to use these convenient resources to protect themselves, their families and others.

Street maintenance operations: All scheduled street projects will continue as weather allows. 

Utility shutoffs: Water utility shutoffs will be suspended for one month/payment cycle. Customers must still pay for the water services used during this period but they will not lose water service.  

Starting new water utility services: The City is waiving the requirement that customers come to City Hall in person to create a new account or start new water service. Call (620) 231-4100 to speak to a Customer Service Representative. 

Business licenses can be obtained online at pittks.org. For assistance, call Customer Service at (620) 231-4100. 

Building permits can be obtained online at pittks.org. For assistance, call the Public Works Department at (620) 231-4170. 

Paying your water utility bill:

  • Visit pittks.org, click on “Pay A Bill” and log in to your online account.
  • Call (620) 231-4100 and press 1 to make a payment over the phone with the City’s 24/7 automated system.
  • Those who prefer paying with a check can use the drop box on the south side of City Hall at 201 W. 4th St., or mail their payment to P.O. Box 688, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
  • To talk with a customer service specialist, call (620) 231-4100 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Pittsburg Police Department Services:

  • Municipal Court is closed effective immediately and until April 15. Those who have a first appearance scheduled between March 18 – April 15 will be notified by mail of their new court date. 
  • To pay your fine, use the drop box on the outside of the law enforcement center building and a receipt will be mailed to you. 
  • Finger printing services relating to employment applications will cease until further notice.

 

City facility closures:

  • Golf course – will remain open 
  • City Hall – will remain open
  • Municipal Court – closed to the public
  • Lincoln Center – closed to the public 
  • Pittsburg Public Library – closed to the public 
  • Memorial Auditorium – closed to the public
  • City ballfields – closed to the public

 

Cancelled/postponed events (through March 30):

  • All Parks & Recreation games, programs, events, classes and camps 
  • Imagine Pittsburg 2030 Community Conversation (March 19)
  • Senior Citizens Club dates
  • The Pittsburg Police Department Citizens’ Academy – postponed four weeks 
  • All training conferences or other events scheduled at Fire Station No. 1 
  • Upcoming Kansas Works and Business Education Alliance events 
  • All Memorial Auditorium events 

 

Additional dates postponed/cancelled:

  • City of Pittsburg Employee Safety Fair (April 9) 
  • Earth Day Celebration (April 18) 
  • Just Another Mudder (April 18) 
  • Farmers’ Market Opening Day (April 18) 
  • The State of the City Luncheon (April 23) 

 

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, go to the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  https://www.cdc.gov
Kansas Department of Health and Environment: http://www.kdheks.gov.  

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The mission of the City of Pittsburg is to provide exceptional services, facilities and activities with integrity, professionalism, excellent customer service and a commitment to economic vitality.

 

 

 

“Close again” by aconaway1 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Release from the Kansas State Department of Education:

“Task Force devising plan for Continuous Learning”

 

Unprecedented circumstances that threaten the safety of our students and the professionals who work with them every day require swift, thoughtful and coordinated action. On Tuesday, March 17, Gov. Laura Kelly announced that school buildings across the state must be closed for the duration of this school year for the purpose of general student and staff attendance. However, learning will continue for Kansas students.

A 25-member task force comprised of many of the state’s top educators in Kansas continues working to develop plans for Continuous Learning. The task force will deliver their recommendations to Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson by Wednesday evening.

Kansas education is among the finest in the country. Closing classrooms and moving to a Continuous Learning plan can’t begin to replicate our state’s education structure as we know it, but it can help ensure strategies that will provide a bridge back to the world-class learning our students benefit from today.

Essential staff members – as determined by local district officials – may be needed through Friday, March 20, to assess and prepare for facility maintenance. While schools are closed, administrative offices and support facilities may remain open as needed.

Once buildings are thoroughly sanitized, they will be able to reopen for small groups of school personnel to implement a plan for Continuous Learning.

We realize this is a difficult time, but Kansans always have persevered – and we will continue to do so. We will work together to get through this, and we will overcome this challenge and emerge stronger.”

 

Pittsburg Community Schools USD 250 and all other K-12 schools will be closed for the duration of the 2019-2020 season.

PSU to close facilities two weeks;
remote work plan to begin March 23

As the public health challenge COVID-19 accelerates across the nation, the facilities of Pittsburg State University will close for two weeks starting on Monday, March 23.  

For this period, employees who are able to work remotely, as determined by their supervisor, will do so. A small number of employees will be required to work on campus.

All employees will continue to be paid, including student employees.  

Coursework, which faculty are working this week to transition to online only after suspending face-to-face classes on March 16, will resume March 30 as planned.

Most campus buildings will be closed during this time, including Axe Library, the Student Rec Center, labs, offices, and other physical space. Bryant Student Health Center will remain open to serve students.

“These are unprecedented times, and we appreciate your patience,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “Our plan is influenced by Governor Kelly’s announcement about executive branch employees on March 17, and adapted to fit the unique nature of our university as we work to preserve progress toward degrees for our students.”  

 

— Pitt —

 

DRAGONS:

FREE meals will be provided to all ages 0-18, Children must be present to receive a meal. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for curbside pickup following the route schedule. All deliveries will be made on a USD 250 school bus. Please notify the bus attendant of any dietary restrictions.

*UPDATE* BUS #15 will now stop at Opolis Post Office at 9:30, not Opolis Nursery

Click HERE for more information regarding school closings in our area.

 

 

 

 


Missouri State President Clif Smart will be available at 11 a.m. today in the Meyer Alumni Center, Room 505, to answer questions.

Spring break extended one week; all in-person classes move to alternative delivery on March 30
SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State University is extending it’s spring break for an additional week, through March 27. Full details are available on the COVID-19 website.

On March 30, classes will resume via alternate delivery methods. Face-to-face classes are cancelled through at least the end of the semester.

Campus services
Unless otherwise directed, the campus will remain open.

Residence halls will remain open to those who must be on campus. Modified dining options will be provided.
Access to the library and computer labs will remain available on a modified schedule.
Mager’s Health and Wellness will remain open.
Plaster Student Union will remain open.
Foster Recreation Center will close March 17.
Events
All non-academic and student events scheduled through the end of the semester are cancelled.
Commencement will proceed; although, the date and details of the ceremonies are subject to change.
Campus meetings
In alignment with city and county directives, all campus meetings, events and conferences exceeding 50 people are cancelled or postponed.

Please refer to our calendar of events for additional details.

Additional information to come
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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 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 closed. This 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.”

 

For more information -MISSOURI CLICK HERE

 

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 closed. This 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/ .

    WWW.JOPLINMO.ORG

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

 

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