COVID-19 Update from the Mayor (04/21/20)
COVID-19 Update from the Mayor (04/21/20)
The City plans to keep citizens informed of new developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. Citizens are being encouraged to follow the City website and Facebook page for daily updates.
To: The Residents of the City of Cameron
I, once again, want to recognize and express my appreciation for the outstanding job our community is doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am seeing citizens practicing the guidelines and rules that have been set forth and your diligence is working.
Common sense must still prevail but we have had no new COVID-19 cases in the last week. Citizens may use playground equipment and benches at the City Parks but everyone must continue to follow social distancing guidelines. The picnic tables in the Parks will not be returned until City staff is back to regular schedules.
The camping and enclosed shelters at Wallace State Park are closed but if you are looking for additional outdoor spaces to get some fresh air and maybe hunt some morels, the Park’s day-use areas and trails are open to the public during park hours.
Clinton County Health Department Administrator Blair Shock released an update today. The good news is that Clinton County has gone seven days without a new COVID-19 case. The bad news, unfortunately, is that it is still too early to stop our social distancing measures. Mr. Shock’s complete update is attached which details the reasons for continued perseverance and a look at what the ‘un-sheltering’ process will look like.
Don’t forget, City Hall and the Police Department lobbies remain closed but the drive-thru window at City Hall is open for business during normal business hours. The Police Department can be contacted through their non-emergency number at 816-632-6521 or 9-1-1 for emergencies. For after-hour utility emergencies, please contact the Water Plant at 816-632-2844.
Darlene Breckenridge, Mayor
LETTER FROM CLINTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADMINISTRATOR BLAIR SHOCK
Here is a quick COVID-19 update. First the good news, we have now gone 7 days without a new COVID-19 case in Clinton County.
Now the bad news: It is too early to stop our social distancing measures. I will do my best to explain the reasoning for this.
The first thing to consider when we talk about the effects of social distancing on case confirmations is that our actions today will impact case detection in roughly two weeks. That is to say, if someone has contact with COVID-19 today, and develops illness because of that contact, we will detect it in about two weeks. The first week is consumed by the incubation period of the illness, where the patient is infected, but has no symptoms. Then next couple of days are early in the illness, where the patient’s symptoms are mild, but worsening. finally, perhaps 10 days after exposure, the patient is tested, with results returning 24 hours later.
The biggest reason we cannot simply stop distancing now is that there continue to be a large number of new and emerging cases in the metro regions to our South and West. A large component of our population commutes to these areas for work, and therefore are at continued risk of exposure to this illness while they are in these areas. We then, are at the mercy of the number or cases decreasing in these metro area’s before we can safely change our sheltering profile. We will have additional cases within our County. There continue to be person’s diagnosed within Clinton County who are sick with this illness, and try as we might, the fact remains that there are persons who will be exposed to this illness, whether locally, or in the metro, who will contract the illness. The number of daily new cases in the metro is declining, which is promising. We will continue to assess risk, and make changes to our social distancing order based upon the risk to the public within the County.
It is our promise to each of you that changes to our order and guidance will be based upon evidence-backed science, and won’t be influenced by politics or any agenda. Our only agenda, if you can call it that, is to see our county through this dark time with as little loss of human life as possible.
In the coming weeks, we will be releasing guidance on how we will begin the un-sheltering process. Expect it to be gradual, with different actions for differing groups of people based upon risk. Expect large group gatherings to continue to be discouraged for an extended period of time, even as the public as a whole return to work.
Expect continued disruptions to our regular routines for an extended time in the future. The task that lies before us is a daunting one. There will continue to be outbreaks of this illness, even as we un-shelter. As testing capabilities improve, healthcare providers and public health will work to quickly identify new cases, and isolate them before they become a widespread outbreak.
Blair Shock Administrator Clinton County Health Department