UPDATED April 6, 2020
Clay County Public Health Issues Stay-At-Home Order for Clay County residents that will begin Tuesday, March 24 and continue through Friday, April 24. We ask all Gladstone residents and businesses to comply with these orders.
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Clay County Public Health - FAQ
Businesses and Gladstone residents FAQ - What Can I Do? What Can I Not Do? What Should I Always Do?
Please follow the link: https://www.clayhealth.com/279/COVID-19-2019-Novel-Coronavirus
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The City of Gladstone is monitoring information regarding COVID-19 from the Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC), the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As of March 17th, there are no affirmed cases of COVID-19 in Gladstone. The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines, released on March 16, recommend avoiding social events with more than 10 persons for 15 days.
Cancellations / Closures
In response to COVID-19 concerns, the City of Gladstone is taking steps to mitigate the risk of exposure and to ensure the health of our community, while maintaining City services. Beginning Monday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m., all City facilities will be closed to the public through May 15th or until health professionals advise otherwise. This includes:
• Gladstone City Hall
• Gladstone Community Center (including all facilities, programs and activities)
• Gladstone Animal Shelter (External Animal Control efforts will be limited to emergency calls only)
• Gladstone Public Works
• All Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts youth/adult sports practices, games and events.
• Parks shelter rentals
• Tours of and events at City facilities, including Fire and Police Stations, Water Treatment Plant, etc.
• Municipal Court – Updates to come
• Scheduled board and commission meetings without necessary action items will be postponed until further notice.
The Gladstone Police Department lobby entrance on the west side of City Hall will remain open.
During this time the City encourages residents and customers to take advantage of online City services including payment of City water bills and court fines. Pay your water bill online at https://www.gladstone.mo.us/citizenaccess/. The City encourages all customers to make regular payments as they are able.
The City of Gladstone will continue to provide the latest information, relating to cancellation and closure of City hosted events and programs, as it develops in order to keep our residents updated.
Finance Department - The City is encouraging residents and customers of the City of Gladstone to use electronic payment options when applicable or to use the drop box located at the front door of City Hall to make any court and/or water payment. Water shut offs and the assessment of delinquent fees have been suspended as of March 15, 2020 until further notice. **If necessary, please use the envelopes located above the drop box to provide your name and what the payment is for. For assistance, please call 816.436.2200 or visit https://www.gladstone.mo.us/Finance. For any payments to the City of Gladstone, please use the drop box located next to the front doors of City Hall.
Community Development Department - The City is encouraging residents, contractors and other customers who need to obtain permits for construction projects to contact the Community Development Department at 816.436.4110, firstname.lastname@example.org, via their online contractor account. Permit applications can be found at: https://www.gladstone.mo.us/documents/permits and https://www.gladstone.mo.us/e-Services/GarageSales.php. Contractors can make payments online if they already have an online contractor account; otherwise, payment can be made via the drop box located at the front door of City Hall. If necessary, please use the envelopes located above the drop box located next to the front doors of City Hall to provide your name and what the payment is for; checks only.
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department (Community Center) - In response to COVID–19 concerns, the City of Gladstone and Gladstone Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department is cancelling all programs and services beginning at Noon on Monday, March 16th through Friday, May 15th or until health professionals advise otherwise. This includes all Gladstone Community Center land and water Group-X classes, group and private swim lessons, center run programs, birthday/pool parties and center banquet rentals, park shelter rentals, Happy Rock Park sports programs and events, and all recreation programs. The Gladstone Community Center will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16th through May 15th or until health professionals advise otherwise. Additionally, the Atkins Johnson Farm and Museum will not open until Saturday, May 16th. Staff will be working with patrons to refund or credit accounts for any cancelled leagues, classes and programs. Banquet rentals and birthday/pool parties will have the option to reschedule or cancel with full refund. Activity registrations will be refunded on the day they were scheduled to occur. We are hopeful that the situation will change and that programs may be able to resume prior to May 15th. Community Center Memberships will be extended the number of days according to the current membership status due to days missed because of facility closure. https://www.gladstone.mo.us/Recreation/ and 816-423-4200.
FEMA - Rumor Control, Fact Sheets & FAQ
For information about COVID-19, including steps to prevent illness, symptoms and what to do if you are sick, please visit:
Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC)
Consistent with CDC Guidelines and in accordance with the March 18, 2020 Clay County Public Health Center Emergency Order, the City of Gladstone directs the following through April 1, 2020.
• No public gatherings of 10 or more people in attendance (both indoor or outdoor). Exceptions include governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities, daycare facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, private business operations, religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals.
• That all restaurants, dining facilities, bars, taverns, clubs, and movie theaters in the County are hereby ordered closed to the public, except that any such establishment may continue to provide curbside, drive-through and delivery food and beverage services. In all areas, establishments must follow the guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for social distancing and infection control measures.
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services has activated a 24/7 phone hotline for the public or providers to receive information or guidance related to COVID-19. The hotline is reached at 877.435.8411.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
North Kansas City Hospital COVID - 19 Hotline
Local Hotline Number: 691-5333, 691-5334, and 691-5314
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID – 19 (FAQ)
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? Symptoms include fever, cough (dry) and shortness of breath.
When do symptoms appear? The CDC believes symptoms will appear between two and fourteen days after exposure to the virus.
How is the virus spread? According to the CDC, the virus is thought to spread primarily from person to person.
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
What can be done to prevent the spread of the virus?
• Practice social distancing, trying to maintain at least 6 feet between you and others in public spaces.
• Avoid close contact with those who are sick. Close contact is considered within six feet for ten minutes or more.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Stay home when sick.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue, immediately discard the tissue and wash your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects with household cleaners or disinfectant wipes. These include workspaces, counters, phones, keyboards, steering wheels, etc.
• Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When water is not available, use hand sanitizer with alcohol content of 60% or more.
• Continue to keep good sleep habits. It is recommended that most adults get at least 7 hours of sleep each day.
• Maintain your physical fitness program. Physical exercise may help flush out bacteria and reduce the chance of getting a cold, flu or other illness. Exercise causes change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease.
• Drink plenty of water. Water also impacts the immune system by working to get rid of toxic foreign invaders in the body through the kidneys.
• Maximize your body’s ability to fight disease with a balanced diet high in vegetables, fruits and lean proteins.
• If applicable, consider smoking cessation. COVID-19 affects the respiratory system. Smoking may have a negative impact on an ability to fight this virus.
Who is at risk? Reported symptoms in children and young adults include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Currently, transmission risks are primarily associated with the higher-risk populations which include:
• People who are in close contact of someone known to have COVID-19.
• Older adults and those with serious health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and any condition that affects the immune system).
• People who have recently been in an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.
Frequently Asked Questions about City of Gladstone Services (FAQ)
Is the water safe to drink? According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the COVID – 19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies. Based on current evidence, the risk to water supplies is low. Gladstone residents can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.
UPDATED April 6, 2020