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JOHNSON COUNTY — Johnson County Community Health Services issued a stay-at-home order for all Johnson County municipalities on Tuesday, March 31, in an effort to slow the spread and better protect the community from COVID-19.

The order begins 12:01 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, and lasts until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30.

The deadline could be rescinded or extended dependent upon the spread of COVID-19.

The JCCHS Board of Trustees and Johnson County Commission unanimously approved the order during a special board meeting on Tuesday.

The stay-at-home order requires all Johnson County citizens to remain at home except for activities essential to the health and safety of themselves, family or friends.

Essential activities include:

Working in an essential business.

Obtaining supplies or necessary services (including but not limited to food, medicine, cleaning supplies and pet food).

Caring for a family member or loved one.

Seeking medical care.

Exercising and maintaining personal health.

JCCHS encourages individuals to practice social distancing and stay home if not engaging in these activities.

All non-essential businesses or operations must cease in-person operations.

Operations may continue if business activities can be performed remotely.

A complete list of essential businesses can be found on the FAQ page of the JCCHS website.

Vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions must stay at home.

JCCHS encourages those younger and in good health to reach out to those in this group and pick up needed items for those who cannot get items themselves as well as to remember to drop off items at the door and not make personal contact.

“We encourage all citizens and appropriate businesses to follow the directives outlined by our local Public Health officials,” Mayor Casey Lund said in a City of Warrensburg press release. “It is imperative that we do everything we can to flatten the curve and protect fellow community members and loved ones from being unnecessarily exposed to this virus.”

The City of Warrensburg urges citizens to practice social distancing while out on essential business by consolidating trips, sending only one person on errands and considering going away and coming back later if a business appears to be busy.

“Local officials have growing concerns that the increased positive confirmations indicate spread by community contact, meaning that local citizens who never left the boundaries of the community have now contracted the virus,” City Manager Harold Stewart said in a City of Warrensburg press release. “So, it isn’t just cases of individuals who traveled to another area of the country or world that have contracted the virus. Social distancing, frequent washing of your hands and limiting unnecessary travel is crucial to limiting the spread of COVID-19.”

The City of Warrensburg press release also states parents and guardians can be held responsible for the actions of their dependents and can be ticketed for violations of the stay-at-home order.

JCCHS asks the public to continue practicing measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while under this order.

Staff Writer Dustin Steinhoff can be reached by emailing dustin.steinhoff@dsjnow.com or by calling (660) 747-8123.

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