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The public health emergency order for Clay County will now expire on Sunday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m.
1) Since the previous expiration date of May 15 was announced, a week’s worth of Clay County-specific data has become available. Although we continue to receive reports of new cases every day, the numbers remain consistently low. This can largely be attributed to our community’s efforts to stay at home and “flatten the curve” and we want to thank everyone who has contributed to those efforts.
2) The modeling tool used by Clay County Public Health Center was updated over the past weekend and the projected peak for Missouri was lowered to a maximum projected peak of April 17.
3) By setting our expiration date to May 3, this will allow us to work with Gov. Parson’s recently released “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan” as we enter our first phase of reopening.
4) A key and significant change is that our area’s access to COVID-19 testing has greatly improved over the last week. Previously, only hospitals and some physician’s and urgent care clinics previously had the ability to test in our jurisdiction. However, Clay County Public Health Center now offers free testing for all Clay County residents and another public testing site is set to become operational in Gladstone within the next week. We are also expecting other testing clinic opportunities in the coming days and weeks.
Testing remains a critical piece in our effort to safely reopen our communities. It greatly enhances our ability to identify people who need to be isolated and quarantined to prevent them from spreading the disease to the healthy population in Clay County.
This expiration date for Clay County is not likely to change again. Moving forward, our focus will be on helping businesses and individuals establish safe ways to gradually reopen and return to normal. However, if the spread of COVID-19 increases to unacceptable levels, guidance may become stricter and the stay-at-home order may resume or restart.
There may not be an immediate and obvious change once the order expires after May 3. The county’s plan for a safe and gradual transition out of the stay-at-home order can be found here.
Yes, Clay County Public Health Center released a multi-step plan that includes guidance for businesses. You can read the COVID-19 Recovery Plan here.
Although both the state of Missouri and Clay County will now reopen on May 3, individual cities may choose whether to put additional restrictions in place. If a business is located in a city whose stay-at-home orders expire at a later date, they must follow the order of that particular city.
Every individual and business must do what they believe is best for their own situation. Although the return to normal will be a gradual one, based on health conditions or other circumstances, you may choose to stay-at-home and self-isolate from the public past May 3. Employees that are asked to return to work but do not feel safe doing so should communicate with their human resources representative or supervisor to discuss ways the company or organization plans to protect them and what their options are.
As of May 4, 2020, we will begin Phase 2: Step 1 of the Clay County Recovery Plan. The dates for transitioning into further steps of the plan will be determined later and dependent upon the current situation in the county regarding number of cases, testing and hospital capacity, etc.
You do not have to maintain a six foot distance from any person that you live with. For example, a family group is allowed to sit at the same table at a restaurant. Physical distancing (six feet) is meant to prevent germs from spreading from one household group to another.
The COVID-19 test through Clay County’s mobile test site is free for everyone. Even those with insurance are not billed.
At the Clay County Public Health Center test site, yes, you can be eligible for a test even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms. However, our staff may prioritize appointments for those with symptoms.
At the CCPHC drive-through test site, no. We are currently testing all ages.
From Children’s Mercy: Preparing Your Child for a COVID-19 Test
The COVID-19 test offered at the Clay County test site is nasopharyngeal (through the nose) and administered by one of our health care professionals. It tests if you are currently infected with COVID-19.
The Clay County Public Health Center test site does not offer antibody/serology tests at this time. These tests can tell if have previously been infected with the virus.
Antibody testing in Clay County:
Learn more about testing for past infection, including the reliability of such tests, from the CDC and FDA.
Yes, everyone must first fill out the Testing Questionnaire on our website and set up an appointment with a member of our staff. Anyone who arrives at the test site (located at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church) without an appointment will be asked to fill out the questionnaire and return at their appointed time.
Testing is prioritized based on availability. If testing is available for you, health department staff will be in contact with you as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We are registering testing requests in the order they are received, and are working diligently to contact everyone within 24 hours. However, depending on the volume of requests at any given time, that timeframe could be up to 72 hours. Also note that appointments are not scheduled during the weekend.
Please watch your phone and email closely, allowing unknown calls and checking your spam folders. When scheduling your appointment, staff will give you more information, including where to go for the drive-thru testing and what the process looks like.
If you are unable to wait for a return call and we have exceeded 24 hours, please consider contacting your primary care physician or pursue another testing option from the list on our website.
No. Our drive-thru COVID-19 test site is not located at the health center and we are not administering any tests at the health center. Also, we are not currently accepting walk-ins for testing. You must fill out the Testing Questionnaire and make an appointment with our staff.
The Clay County Public Health Center’s drive-thru test site runs every Monday through Friday. We do not test over the weekend or on holidays.
Currently, the site is able to do about 75 tests per day, although this number can vary based on available test kits.
Our typical turnaround time for results is 1 to 5 days and you will hear from CCPHC either by phone or email. Test specimens are processed by the University of Kansas Hospital.
Thanks for your interest! The state health department has more info and resources for this on their website: https://health.mo.gov/living/healthcondiseases/communicable/novel-coronavirus/plasma-donations.php.
Clay County populations are vulnerable to pandemics, outbreaks of novel communicable diseases, bioterrorist attacks, chemical incidents and natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods, severe weather and earthquakes. Please call 816-595-4200 for more information.
This information is available on our food page.
The Clay County Public Health Center does not have a mold ordinance. It is recommended that you visit the EPA or the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services for
The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services keeps a list of licensed installers and soil evaluators.
The updated order went into effect Sunday, July 19 at 12:01 a.m. and is set to remain in effect until further notice.
All employees or visitors to any indoor public accommodation must wear face coverings in an area or while performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible or cannot be maintained.
These spaces include, but are not limited to:
Although not required, it is also highly encouraged to wear a mask outdoors anytime a distance of six or more feet cannot be maintained. This could include parks, playgrounds, bus stops, farmers markets, and public restrooms.
CDC guidance strongly recommends that children over age two wear face coverings.
A person may remove their face mask where otherwise required under the following circumstances:
Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?
Do I need to prove I am medically exempt? No, businesses cannot ask you for proof of your medical condition.
Even if you are medically exempt, you can still spread the virus to others by not wearing a mask. You may also be at increased risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 because of your medical condition, so it’s important to still take precautions to avoid becoming infected. Find alternative ways to receive your essential goods or services, like through curbside pickup, delivery, telemedicine, etc.
All business and buildings open and accessible to the general public qualify as an “indoor public accommodation” regardless of if they are public or privately owned. These businesses should adhere to the order to require masks when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Masks are not required in business/commercial/office settings that have limited or no public accessibility and when employees are consistently six or more feet away from others. In this case, masks would only be required when employees are moving around within the building and when within six feet of someone else.
Yes, they can refuse entry or service. However, businesses should attempt to provide customers with reasonable accommodation, such as curbside pickup or the shipping of items.
Isn’t refusing entry discrimination? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows restrictions when an individual would pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. As of March 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has declared that the COVID-19 pandemic meets the direct threat standard.
To make complaint about a Clay County business or organization, you can submit a complaint with our Environmental Health team here.PLEASE NOTE: if the business’ address is Kansas City, you must contact the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department to make a complaint.
There are many ways to find or create a face mask or cover.
Business and organizations in need of larger amounts of face masks and other protective equipment can visit our Business Resources page for a list of options.
There are some great resources from Children’s Mercy Hospital. University of Rochester Medical Center, and Sesame Street that help teach kids how to wear a mask and the importance of doing so. Also, Connecticut Children’s breaks down how to make children more comfortable wearing masks by age and the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses mask myths.
Includes public and neighborhood pools, spraygrounds, hot tubs, etc.
FAQs about COVID-19 and Water (CDC)
Considerations for Public Pools, Hot Tubs, and Water Playgrounds During COVID-19 (CDC)
August 19: Clay County Public Health Center has been working collaboratively with local school districts and is offering three options that districts may consider for their decision-making regarding fall sports. Read the letter from the director of public health to local superintendents here.
Includes hair salons, nail salons, barber shops, spa services, tattoo parlors, tanning salons, etc.
Long-term care facilities should continue with the same precautions taken during the stay-at-home orders. Because of the ease of spread in a long-term care setting and the severity of illness that occurs in residents with COVID-19, facilities should continue restricting all visitation to their facilities except for certain compassionate care reasons, such as end-of-life situations.
Further CDC Guidance
Childcare centers and day camps serve a vitally important function in allowing parents to continue or go back to work, which has significant public health and social benefits. The following guidelines are based on taken from recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services-Section for Child Care Regulation.
Employers and Employees
Exclusion of Sick Children and Staff
Parent Drop-off and Pick-up and Screening of Children and staff
Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidance
Physical Distancing Guidance
Discourage the presence of volunteers for classroom activities, guest speakers, etc.
Gatherings of 250 or less individuals are allowed at this time. Masks are required for indoor events and recommended for outdoor events. Please see the Face Masks and Coverings page for FAQs regarding the mask requirement.
While it is SAFEST to continue to stay home and limit close contact with others at this time, if you do host an event of less than 250 people, you MUST keep these things in mind:
Our clinic hours are currently by appointment only. We schedule appointments on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. You can make an appointment by calling 816-595-426.
Please call 816-595-4261, and a nurse will get you set up with an appointment.
We no longer accept insurance and self-pay fees will apply at the time of your visit. However, no one is denied services due to inability to pay. Call 816-595-4261 for additional details or any questions you may have.
Please bring your photo ID, Medicaid card, if you have one, and some form of payment. Also make sure you do not go to the bathroom one hour before your appointment so we can get accurate test results. Please call 816-595-4261 for more information.
It is a very good idea to get tested; however, it is important to wait three weeks to get the most accurate results. Please call 816-595-4261 for more information.
The amended emergency order will remain in effect until Sunday, May 3 at 11:59 p.m. The order will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be modified as circumstances change based on guidance from public health officials and other experts.
This emergency order was issued to protect the health and safety of all residents of Clay County, with the goal of limiting the continued community spread of COVID-19. It was issued based on the guidance of public health experts, as well as consultations with area medical leaders about the consequences of continued community spread of COVID-19 in the Kansas City metropolitan region on health care availability and access.
The order requires residents to stay at home unless they are engaged in one of the essential activities specified in the order. Essential activities include working in an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, seeking medical care, caring for a family member or loved one, and exercising and maintaining personal health. Individuals are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing to the extent feasible while engaging in these activities, and to stay home if not engaging in one of these specific activities.
Not at this time. Residents can leave their residences to engage in essential activities, including exercising and maintaining personal health (walking/bicycling/running/etc.), working at an essential business, obtaining supplies or necessary services, or seeking medical care. However, we strongly urge everyone to stay at home if they are not engaged in any of these essential activities and to take extreme precautions when they do leave home for an essential activity. There include washing your hands frequently and keeping six feet away from others at all times.
Major categories of essential businesses defined in the order include:
A full list of categories of essential businesses is provided in the order.
The county strongly encourages all essential businesses to allow employees to work from home and to maintain social distancing to the extent feasible in continuing to carry out their operations.
Determinations about which types of businesses are essential are made based on both the necessity of businesses for supporting life and safety as well as the public health risk certain activities pose, particularly those which require close in-person interaction. We may update this guidance based on the advice of health officials as circumstances change.
Non-essential businesses can continue operations that can be conducted from employees’ homes or places of rest. They can also continue minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business’s inventory and facilities and to ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions, as well as minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences or places of rest, provided social distancing is maintained. Any operations that do not meet these requirements must be ceased.
Currently guidance is available on a general (industry) basis and not a case by case (specific business) basis. We encourage all business owners to review the order in its entirety if they believe there is ambiguity about whether they qualify as essential or not.
Gatherings of this sort are dangerous and social gatherings of more than 10 people are currently prohibited statewide per Order issued by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. In-person social gatherings are one of the primary transmission points for the coronavirus, hosting in-person events of this type will facilitate the spread of the disease throughout the community. There have been many examples in other cities and countries where the disease spread rapidly through weddings, funerals, and other social events. Furthermore, social events are not one of the essential activities permitted under the emergency order, so attendees could be held in violation of the order.
All social gatherings of 10 or more people are currently prohibited statewide per Order from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services under direction from Governor Parson. Many faith leaders have been holding services online.
Violations of any provision of this Order constitutes an imminent threat, creates an immediate menace to public health, and shall be considered a violation of Section 205.06 of the County’s Code of Ordinances. These can include fines, orders to suspend business operations, and other penalties.
Businesses/organizations that appear to be in violation of the order can be reported to Clay County Public Health Center here. They will receive a warning call and a member of staff will visit the establishment to see if operations have continued. If the establishment continues to violate the order, local law enforcement will deliver a final written warning before legal action is taken through the county prosecutor.
Yes, public works, infrastructure (including commercial buildings), and housing construction are classified as essential. We strongly encourage construction businesses to carry out their work in compliance with social distancing requirements and guidelines to the extent feasible.
Any manufacturing operation that supplies goods necessary for the operation of other essential businesses (for example medical equipment, transport equipment, telecommunications equipment, supplies necessary to maintain or build infrastructure, sanitation and cleaning supplies, food or beverages, etc.) is classified as essential.
Yes, transit operators (Including railroads, airline and airport workers, and public transit organizations) are classified as essential. Additionally, maintenance providers (such as mechanics or bike repair shops) are also classified as essential, as are suppliers of parts needed to maintain the operations of transit providers. Truckers are also classified as essential.
Yes. We recognize that individuals employed in essential businesses who are traveling (for example medical workers or infrastructure maintenance workers) and/or individuals who find their homes temporarily uninhabitable may need to secure shelter.
Yes, home repair services including plumbers, electricians, exterminators, lawn and landscape care, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and essential businesses are classified as essential.
Yes, businesses and organizations that facilitate and support internet access and communications, including the ability to work and learn from home, are considered essential.
Yes, businesses that distribute food or drink are classified as essential. We encourage the maintenance of social distancing to the extent feasible in all cases.
Yes. The city recognizes that many workers in essential industries need access to child care to continue to work. The order includes the following guidance for child care providers and the city recommends that all providers follow this guidance to the extent feasible:
Yes, realtors, leasing agents, building/housing inspection services, movers, and other services necessary to help people find or maintain housing are classified as essential. We strongly encourage all of these services to practice social distancing to the extent feasible and to limit unnecessary activities that can be deferred to a later date.
No, businesses that provide personal services are not classified as essential.
Gyms and workout facilities are not classified as essential. However, individuals are encouraged to use parks and exercise outdoors while they practice social distancing, though certain high-traffic areas such as playgrounds and courts may be closed. Golf courses are allowed to remain open but must operate in ways that allow individuals to maintain social distancing.
No, stores selling primarily tobacco and vaping products are not considered essential.
School are closed up through and including Friday, April 24, 2020 because standard school operations pose a risk to health as a potential venue for community transmission. Schools can continue to operate to distribute food or clothing, provide medical care, or perform any other services deemed necessary to protect the life and property of Clay County residents. This decision was made in close collaboration with the superintendents of the school districts that operate within Clay County. School employees should contact their individual administrators to determine if they are required to work to continue these basic functions.
The county cannot compel any individual to go to work, nor can it make determinations for essential businesses about which employees are essential and non-essential for carrying out its work. Essential businesses can continue standard operations provided social distancing is maintained to the extent feasible. Essential businesses are strongly encouraged to allow employees whose duties can be carried out from home to do so.
If the business is located in Clay County and does not have a Kansas City address, you can submit a complaint here.
For Kansas City businesses, please call 311 or find the number you need here.
The county cannot compel any business to remain open.
A list of resources for businesses and employees is available. The county, state, local philanthropies, and faith-based organizations are actively working on additional support measures and will share more information as it becomes available.
You are still able to keep your normal arrangements. However, if the child is sick or has been exposed to sickness, we would recommend the child to stay in one place to keep the virus from spreading to other places, if possible.
No. For your safety and their safety, we need to help each other fight the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. The only exceptions are for those who are required to take care of elderly relatives, young children, those that have medical needs or pets. Always take extreme precautions when moving from place to place and interacting with others.
Yes, however they MAY NOT have any self-service food including foods on hot rollers, soda fountains, coffee bars until the rule is lifted. Self-service areas are more susceptible to spreading germs and disease because many people touch tongs, dispensers, etc.
There may not be an immediate and obvious change once the order expires on May 3. While some restrictions may loosen and businesses may reopen to a degree, Clay County Public Health Center will still recommend precautions like not gathering in large groups, wearing a mask in public and washing your hands and surfaces frequently. More specific information about what these recommendations look like will be released in the coming days.
Yes, Clay County Public Health Center will be releasing a detailed plan next week. This plan will include guidance for gradually reopening businesses and the recommended size of gatherings and events. At this time, we ask for your patience and understanding as we finalize these plans.
Every individual and business must do what they believe is best for their own situation. Although the return to normal will be a gradual one, because of your health condition or other circumstances, you may choose to stay-at-home and self-isolate from the public past May 3. Employees that are asked to return to work but do not feel safe doing so should communicate with their human resources representative or supervisor to discuss ways the company or organization plans to protect them and what their options are.
No experience is necessary as we have opportunities where no experience is required, and we will train you for your position. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 816-595-4200 for more information.
We need volunteers periodically throughout the year. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like depending on what your schedule will allow. Contact our volunteer coordinator at 816-595-4200 for more information.