As of Tuesday, March 24, residents of Clay County were ordered to stay at home except for essential needs. On the city’s website, Gladstone leaders said the city supported the order.

“We ask all Gladstone residents and businesses to comply with these orders,” a release at states.

The decision was made based on the “urgency of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the imminent rapid progression of the pandemic in our area,” according to a release. Clay County’s order is in effect through Friday, April 24.

Essential businesses and services that will remain open during this time include media outlets; critical government services; infrastructure projects; child and health care facilities; gas stations; home-based care for seniors; banks; grocery stores; hardware stores; transportation services necessary for essential activities like grocery shopping and seeking medical care; food banks; laundromats; human and animal food processing facilities; pharmacies; parks, unless otherwise noted; and delivery or carry-out restaurants.

County sheriff

In a release, Clay County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jon Bazzano said recent closures and orders do not mean a disruption in county emergency services.

“Detention Center personnel, 911 dispatchers and others remain on duty and dedicated to the safety of the public. We are continuously in contact with other local, state and federal partners to maintain a level of situational awareness that’s needed to keep our residents informed, prepared and safe,” he said.

Bazzano, like those with other first response agencies across the county including police and area fire protection agencies, asks that if one feels ill when calling for 911 services, to please advise the dispatcher, especially if your symptoms include those for COVID-19 such as fever, cough and shortness of breath.

“By answering a few questions, the dispatchers will know how to guide first responders to take appropriate precautions during face-to-face interaction,” Bazzano said.

Effective Friday, March 20, with the county state of emergency order issued, while county deputies will continue to service emergencies, they suspended ordering the seizure or attachment of alleged illegally taken or wrongfully withheld property, other similar writs and execution of evictions through Sunday, April 19.

Last Monday, Sheriff Paul Vescovo told the Courier-Tribune he had no plans to release inmates related to COVID-19 concerns as some jails across the county have considered, saying the Detention Center in Liberty has protocols and the means to isolate inmates who may fall ill.

Last week, visitations to inmates was suspended and remains in effect until further notice. Also last week, professional visitations to the jail in Liberty were suspended, tentatively, through Monday, April 6. Community events hosted by the sheriff’s office such as the citizen’s academy are suspended.

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