Health Center extends Stay-at-Home order

Miller County Health Center has adopted Gov. Mike Parson’s extension of his Stay-at-Home order until May 4 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The previous order was set to expire April 24.

Health Center Director Mike Herbert announced today (April 17) that his department is concurring with the state’s order based on instructions from President Donald Trump and Governor Parsons. The original directive ordered individuals living within Miller County to avoid leaving their homes or places of residence.

As of April 17, there has been one reported case of COVID-19 for Miller County. The case is isolating in home. All close contacts have been ordered to quarantine.

In addition to the strategies required in the order, there are other advised activities from the Miller County Health Center 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 require assistance in acquiring necessities, contact the Miller County Health Center agency for references.

•If you are an essential employee or must perform an essential task and it is impossible to distance yourself from others, wear a mask.

•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 the county offers a drive-through testing option.

•Abide by all orders and/or 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 better we practice these activities, the sooner the pandemic will come to an end.

The order can be found at millercountyhealth.com. For the most up-to-date information, “like” the Miller County Health Center on Facebook@millercountyhealth.