During the November 15, 2021 Joplin City Council meeting, City Council chose to end the Response and Recovery Plan, originally developed to address the Coronavirus pandemic. The City Council had lifted all restrictions in May 2021and has continued to actively monitor the case numbers, hospitalizations and vaccine availability.
The closure of the plan was anticipated when:
- a sufficient amount of vaccine supply was available to the community;
- widespread availability of effective treatment; and
- the number of cases had remained level over a period of time.
Statistical information about cases, hospitalizations, as well as deaths will continue to be posted on the City’s dashboard on its website. This public communication serves as a gauge on the community’s wellness, and the City will continue to monitor various factors and re-engage various steps if deemed necessary.
As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, citizens should continue to practice various measures to help reduce the spread of illness, including:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
- Stay 6 feet apart from others who don’t live with you.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
- Get tested if you have been exposed to someone with a current COVID-19 infection or if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Stay home if you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms.
The Plan for Response and Recovery provided steps for our community to resume normal life. As a multi-step plan with several phases, the community oved through these methodically that allowed us to slowly turn the dial and see what effect each of them have on the health of our community. We appreciate everyone’s efforts in working together to allow for the closure of the plan.