Miller County says Stay at Home

Miller County authorities have issued a countywide Stay-at-Home order effective today, April 6.

The order mirrors a Stay-At-Home order issued Friday by Gov. Mike Parsons and joins neighboring Camden County which issued a similar order last week. The full order can be found at http://millercountyhealth.com/covid-19

The Miller County Health Center Administrator and the Board of Trustees issued a county-wide order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump’s guidelines, and the statewide order from Governor Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Miller County order repeats the majority of the sections in the statewide order and adds specificity to implied sections, such as if non-essential businesses cannot provide adequate space for social distancing, then they shall cease provision of such non-essential services unless a waiver is obtained from the Department of Economic Development.

As of April 6, there are still no reported cases of COVID-19 for Miller County. It does not matter where a Miller County resident gets tested, if found to be infected, the case will be assigned to Miller County, an email from Miller County Health Center states. All laboratories and health care providers are required to report communicable diseases to public health, including COVID-19. COVID-19 is in the category of diseases that are immediately reportable. COVID-19 deaths are reportable within 24 hours. To date, there have been fewer than five people in Miller County directed by public health to quarantine based on exposure to a known case or travel to a high-risk destination.

In addition to the strategies required in this order, there are other advised activities that you should do:
• Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds and utilize hand sanitizer with 60 percent or more alcohol when hand washing is not an option.
• When you purchase food, get enough for two weeks if you have the storage. This limits the amount of times necessary to shop. Don’t browse when shopping, make a list, go by yourself, get what is necessary and go home.
• Assist your high-risk friends and family by offering to get their groceries. (65 years or older, respiratory disease, heart disease, diabetes)
• If you are sick, stay home! Avoid exposure with those you live with by distancing yourself and wearing a mask. Call your health care provider before going. If you must go to the doctor or pharmacy, it is recommended to wear a mask. Every hospital system serving Miller County offers a drive-through testing option.
• Abide by all recommendations to isolate or quarantine by your health care provider or public health.

“All of these activities are extremely important in preventing the spread of disease,” the Health Center said. “The better we practice these activities, the sooner the pandemic will come to an end.”