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Posted on: June 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update from the Mayor (06/25/20)

The Mayor's informational updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the virus is still out there, we have been lucky in that it has been kept under control in our 4-county area with only 49 reported cases.  Consequently, we want to keep working on this at a measured pace.  I want to stress the importance of following the guidelines set by the Clinton County Health Department which will help keep the virus from spreading within our community.

These guidelines include:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often and use sanitizer when you can’t wash.
  • Stay six feet away from folks you don’t live with.
  • Wear a mask when you are in a group or a retail setting.  Managing the viral load is one of the factors in avoiding contracting COVID-19.

So, let’s continue to move forward cautiously, keeping in mind that the virus is still out there and practicing these guidelines.

Curbside recycling is still on hold and I will let you know as soon as we can begin that again.  Also, there will be a Park Board meeting to determine the re-opening of shelters.

I want to thank everyone for their support and efforts as we continue to fight this long-term battle against COVID-19.  Our community has shown great strength during these trying times.  As always, please contact City Hall if you have any questions or concerns (816) 632-2177.

Sincerely,

Mayor Dennis M. Clark

WEEKLY MESSAGE FROM CLINTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR BLAIR SHOCK:

Good morning,

It is time for our weekly COVID-19 update. Locally, cases numbers have remained steady, averaging two new cases per week for quite some time. Last week, we received 3 cases, so not a huge increase, and nothing alarming on that front. Total case count is 23.

Statewide, numbers are more concerning. We noticed an upward trend in daily numbers of new cases about a week ago, and that trend has continued to accelerate. Yesterday, we again set a new high with 434 new cases.

Why is of concern to us? There are a couple of reasons. First, as active cases increase, so does the likelihood of uncontrolled spread within communities. We have observed the result of uncontrolled spread in other areas, with medical resources being overwhelmed. Furthermore, the more active cases, the more disruption in peoples lives. Each case invariably has a number of close-contacts who must be quarantined, tested, and burdened with the worry of becoming ill. We want to reduce this burden as much as practicable.

Secondly, our ultimate goal in instituting control measures is to keep the total case count as low as possible until we have a viable vaccine to protect the public. The reason for this is the fatality rate associated with this illness.

People often point out that the fatality rate is low, less than 5%. But that number is unacceptably high. We are not willing to condemn a percentage of our populace if those deaths are preventable.

Logic would dictate that the fewer total cases, the fewer deaths associated with this illness. Our goal is to reduce the amount of human suffering and deaths associated with COVID-19.

So what strategy do we take moving forward? This is the real question. Ideally, we want to utilize interventions that are both effective and have the least amount of impact in our everyday lives. Most of these are common sense activities, and they are effective if the majority of the public would adhere to them.

First: Stay home if you are sick.
Second: Wash your hands often, and use sanitizer when you can’t wash.
Third: Stay six feet away from folks you don’t live with.
and Fourth: Wear a mask when you are in group or retail settings.

As always, your questions are welcome. Please keep your discourse civil, and, stay safe and healthy.

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