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Posted on: April 2, 2020

City officials offer update during COVID-19 crisis

During the City’s Briefing today, Joplin Mayor Gary Shaw and other City officials provided information and reminders of key areas regarding the City’s operations and the health and safety of our citizens. Below is an abbreviated listing of their comments.

Joplin Mayor Gary Shaw:

  • Appreciates all the communication and input received and tries to reply to all
  • Health officials are watching the situation closely and keeping the city advised as to when/if to issue a Stay At Home Order
  • Ordinance is ready and can be enacted if/when needed
  • Strongly encourage all citizens to follow the 10/6 rule seriously (no more than 10 people, and at least 6 feet apart)

Dan Pekarek, City of Joplin Health Director:

  • Reminder how to stop spread of germs:

    • Continue hand washing w/soap and water
    • Avoid touching eyes and face
    • Cover cough/use tissue etiquette
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Social Distancing is best tool:

    • Avoid contact with other individuals…need to do ONLY what you need to do
    • Be mindful of others with compromised immune systems
    • Offer to help others in need …elderly, handicapped, etc.
  • Symptoms: Fever of 100.4 or higher; dry cough; shortness of breath

    • Symptoms can be similar to allergies so be aware …. If mild, stay home
    • Contact medical provider if in doubt
  • Provided general update on treatment of COVID-19 cases:

    • Joplin’s presumptive positive case that was on home isolation has completed the isolation time.
    • There are 3 individuals under home quarantine at this time.
    • Drive-Thru Test Site, operated by Freeman and Mercy, is testing around 20 people every Tuesday and Thursday. Joplin Health Department (JHD) handles the notifications of individuals of their test results.
    • While most positive tests are occurring in surrounding counties, it isn’t unusual that we will have contacts of those cases that live in Joplin that we must investigate for possible home quarantine orders.
    • Isolation Orders are issued for individuals that test positive for COVID-19. These stay in place generally until the individual meets certain criteria set by the CDC that ensures the individual is no longer contagious.
    • Quarantine Orders are issued for individuals that are close contacts of the positive case but not yet ill. These generally stay in place for about 14 days (the incubation period of COVID-19).

Toby Teeter, Joplin Chamber President:

City Manager Nick Edwards

  • City Hall closed to the public through April 30.
  • April 6 City Council meeting to be conducted via teleconferencing;

  • Reminder: Governor Parson moved Municipal Election from April 7 to June 2
  • Republic residential trash and curbside recycling service is still running.  

    • Reminder: They only pick up trash & recycling in polycarts. No bulky items or additional trash picked up during public health emergency
  • Reminded citizens of the importance of following the social distance and crowd limit guidelines

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website: or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at .

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