McPherson County had its first case of COVID-19 confirmed on Thursday night. In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 an emergency Safer-At Home Order was issued by the McPherson County Local Health Officer Shalei Shea on Friday afternoon. The order will go into effect at 5 p.m. March 27 and will remain in effect for 30 days, until April 25, unless amended, superseded or rescinded.
Earlier in the day Friday, McPherson County Commissioners declared a local disaster emergency for McPherson County for 60 days, acknowledging COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that spreads easily from person to person and may result in serious illness or death and has been confirmed in McPherson County.
“This public health order to stay at home is being issued to slow the rate of community spread of COVID-19 through intensified social distancing,” the order states. “It is estimated that each COVID-19 positive person could infect between 2.6 and 4 other people.”
The Safer-At-Home order included clear guidance on what is and is not allowed for McPherson County residents. Individuals are directed to stay at home and leave their residence only to perform “essential activities”. All businesses and operations in McPherson County, except essential businesses, are required to cease all activities at their places of business, although employees can continue working from home.
Essential activities include the following:
- To engage in tasks essential to heealth and safety. For example, obtaining medical supplies or medication, or visiting a health care professional.
- To obtain necessary services or supplies. This includes obtaining food and cleaning supplies.
- To perform work providing essential products or working at an essential business.
- To comply with court orders.
Essential businesses which will remain open include:
- All emergency services and military services
- Healthcare operations
- Grocery stores, convenience stores, liquor stores
- Human and animal food processing facilities
- Newspapers, television and radio
- Post offices
- Drive thru, delivery and carry out restaurants (No dine in service allowed)
- Home based care providers
- Residential facilities and shelters
- Mortuary, cremation and burial services
- Manufacturing companies
All large public gatherings in McPherson County are prohibited. Large public gatherings are those with more than 10 people in attendance .
Citizens are encouraged to avoid overbuying or hoarding of food and supplies.
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available. View the MP Co Safer-At-Home Order 3-27-2020 here.