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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Lawrence County Emergency Declaration for COVID-19

The Lawrence County Commission and Lawrence County Health Department have made the joint decision to follow the Governors Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan starting May 4th. Phase I of the plan will remain in effect until May 31, 2020 unless extended further.

The details of the state’s plan can be found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/ or on the health department’s website www.lawrencecohealth.com.

The Show Me Strong Recovery Plan requires citizens to maintain six feet of social distancing space in most cases. There are certain situations that require additional procedures to protect businesses, communities, and citizens. Refer to the Health Order for more details.

Citizens who feel sick should stay home!

Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (receptions, trade shows, etc.).

When in public (parks, outdoor recreation spaces, shopping malls, etc.), individuals should maximize physical distance from others.

Continue to practice good hygiene, including:

• Washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces;
• Avoiding touching your face;
• Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and
• Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

Minimize travel to the extent possible.

Elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting COVID-19.

Individuals may go to and from a place of worship, provided that limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to.

The health department will reach out to provide guidance to as many restaurants, bars, retail establishments, grocery stores, conveniences stores, hair salons, barber shops, parks, etc. as possible.

Citizens will also need to make informed, personal choices about whether to participate in activities such as organized recreation (including sports teams), to shop, worship, etc.

You are welcome to call our office with questions at 417-466-2201, but please read through the entire detailed plan as well as the “frequently asked questions” to see if your questions can be answered there.

Keep in mind, this is the plan that Lawrence County chooses to adopt. Surrounding counties may choose to add stricter guidelines so be cautious when traveling.

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