04/05/20 by Candace Sorrell 0 Comments
It is recommended all large public events, fairs, festivals and carnivals be cancelled until further notice.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2020
Media Contact: Larry Oerly, Cooper County Emergency Management Director
(Boonville, MO) – The Cooper County Commissioners, The Cooper County Emergency Management Agency, and The Cooper County Public Health Center are working together and agree to support the health and safety of the people and businesses of Cooper County as our number one priority .
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, we must continue to evaluate and re-evaluate the measures we have in place for the safety and security of our residents .
The World Health Organization said that as of Friday the virus has sickened more than 3.50 million people in at least 187 countries and territories, with 247,470 deaths worldwide and increasing daily.
The death toll in the U.S. as of Friday was 68,276, up by nearly 1, 230 from a day earlier, according to the latest official numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. It also said the number of confirmed cases nationwide is 1.18 million, jumping by nearly 25,881 from Thursday. As of Monday, May 4, 2020, Missouri has had 8,754 confirmed cases with 358 deaths. There have been 91,083 COVID-19 tests performed statewide. In Cooper County we have 8 positive results out of the 130 tests done. We have not peaked in the number of cases globally as cases continue to develop in hot pockets across the nation where precautionary measures may not have been followed .
"We know now the Coronavirus is highly contagious and everyone needs to think seriously about how easily this can be spread. We have recommended canceling all large events.
It is recommended all large public events, fairs, festivals and carnivals be cancelled until further notice. It is also recommended that non-essential gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people, while smaller events can proceed if the organizers can implement physical distancing of 6 feet per person.
We will continue to re–evaluate this emergency and may make changes in the future. We will look at CDC guidelines, The Presidents Reopening Plan, and the "Show Me Strong" Recovery Plan as well as recommendations from MO Department of Health and Senior Services.
At the time when large gatherings are acceptable, procedures will be put in place for registering events and large gatherings open to the public. This will be done to provide assistance in planning for the public health and safety, emergency management and for tracking dates and locations of the gatherings.
We understand it is difficult physically, financially and emotionally for all the citizens and ask for your continued patience in following recommendations and appreciate the sacrifices you are making daily.
We would like to continue to express our thanks and appreciation for the diligence and hard work of those who are "staying home" and for all those essential service workers that are serving our community twenty-four hours a day.
We pray for the continued health and safety of everyone in Cooper County. Thank you very much.