Stone County Reopens, Social Distancing Should Remain

by: Scott McCaulley

In a release from Stone County Health Department Director Pam Burnett on Tuesday, it’s announced that Stone County is in line with the State of Missouri with the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan and is allowing businesses to fully reopen without any occupancy limits or gathering rules.

Burnett also states in the release that the SCHD urges businesses and residents should continue to use preventative measures such as Social Distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 Virus.

Currently, Stone County is at three active COVID-19 Cases out of a total of seven that have been reported.

Complete Release is below:

On June 15th, 2020 Missouri’s Phase 1 of the “Show Me Strong Recovery” plan expired and the state moved into Phase 2 of the recovery plan on June 16th, 2020. Phase 2 allows Missouri to fully reopen and move forward with economic recovery. Stone County is following the recommendations of Governor Mike Parson in Phase 2 of the recovery plan. Stone County businesses will have the option to fully reopen. There will be no additional restrictions such as occupancy limits or gathering rules.

“It’s important to remember that while the state is fully reopened, we all have to take on the responsibility of protecting our county from the spread of COVID-19,” states Pam Burnett, Administrator of the Stone County Health Department. Although restrictions have been lifted, prevention measures have not. Stone County Health Department urges all businesses and residents to continue practicing all the preventative measures we have all been doing for the last few months. Prevention continues to be the best way to keep our families, friends and customers safe. It is recommended that businesses continue to include extra cleaning and disinfecting procedures into their daily schedule, encourage staff to stay home when sick and practice social distancing when possible. Now more than ever is the time to remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, stay home when you are sick, wear a cloth face covering in public, avoid touching your face and continue with the 6 ft. social distancing.

Stone County Health Department continues to monitor contacts to positive cases and active cases of COVID-19. Pam Burnett, Administrator of the Stone County Health Department states, “Stone County Health Department and staff will remain vigilant in the fight against COVID-19, our main focus is preventing the spread and protecting our residents from the virus. We have seen the long-term side effects and fatalities the virus can cause and it’s not something we want for our neighbors, friends, family and residents to experience.”

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