Community Recovery

Clay County is currently going through the slow and steady process of recovery out of the stay-at-home orders that expired on May 3. 

Throughout recovery, it is incredibly important that every individual and business remember these four Recovery Essentials that will help prevent the spread of disease and protect our community:

  1. High-risk persons should continue to stay home except for essential activities. Anyone who is sick should also stay at home.
  2. Wear a face mask/covering when interacting with others outside your home.
  3. Always maintain physical distancing (six feet) from anyone you do not live with.
  4. Maintain the highest levels of cleaning and hygiene.
The goal is to not return to a stay-at-home order, however, if at any time COVID-19 disease rates demonstrate the need to return to those measures, the public health order will be amended.

Clay County Recovery Plan



Currently: Phase 2, Step 2

The Clay County COVID-19 Recovery Plan was created to help guide businesses, organizations and individuals through this time.

More of a visual person? Check out the Recovery Plan Infographic. Also available in a printable format. 

You can also get a better look at the Risk Assessment Tool included in the recovery plan that identifies ways for various sectors to reduce the risk of COVID-19.
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NEW! Safe School Reopening


As the beginning of the school year approaches, preparing to protect the health and safety of students and school staff is a top priority. Clay County Public Health Center has been communicating with school district leaders for weeks to help provide evidence-based guidance to make the return to school as safe as possible.

Read the Interim Return-to-School Guidance here.

We hope that this will answer many questions regarding what can be done to protect students and staff from COVID-19 and what will occur if someone in a school were to become sick. Keep in mind that guidance may change as needed in the coming weeks, based on new information + local disease trends at the time schools begin to reopen.

For specific questions regarding how this guidance will be applied, please stay informed and in contact with your child's district and school.

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Communication Toolkit

We encourage businesses and other organizations to use/print the following posters and other graphics to spread awareness about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

*These signs are printed and available for pick-up from Clay County Public Health Center, your local city hall (Liberty, Gladstone, NKC, Excelsior Springs) or chamber of commerce (Smithville, Kearney).

Make a Complaint


To report a Clay County business that you believe is not following the guidelines and prioritizing the safety of its staff and customers, please submit a complaint here

PLEASE NOTE: if the business' address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City Health Department.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

If you are a business looking for supplies to protect your employees, check out these resources.
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