Crawford County officials issued a press release late Thursday with strong recommendations related to events, gatherings, lodging and dine-in services.
The Crawford County Health Department (CCHD), in cooperation with the Crawford County Commission and Crawford County Emergency Management Director, made the decision on March 19 to issue the following strongly recommended practices:
• We strongly recommend the restriction of food establishments in Crawford County to curbside service only, including delivery, carry out, and drive through.
• The CCHD, at the recommendation of the Bureau of Environmental Health Services, also strongly recommends that lodging establishments limit the number of people congregating in areas such as pools, meeting rooms, and common areas within the lodging facility.
• The CCHD also strongly recommends canceling or postponing any and all events with 10 or more people through April 30.
Food establishments are encouraged to continue to offer food and beverage service to the public using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service, so long as every such person involved implements appropriate precautions to decrease the potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing techniques and a separation of six feet can be adequately maintained.
Officials made it clear these recommendations are not the result of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Crawford County.
COVID-19 is a novel (new) virus that our population does not have immunity to. There is no vaccine to prevent our residents from becoming infected. Because of this, our primary means of preventing the spread of the virus will be through community mitigation strategies and non-pharmaceutical interventions. These include basic infection control principles (which should always be practiced) like hand washing, social distancing, and respiratory hygiene. These measures also include limiting non-essential, social gatherings and events as well as travel.
County officials understand these measures have social and economic impacts on individuals and communities. But limiting public gathering will disrupt the spread of the illness and that is in the best interest of the county.
County officials are in daily contact with neighboring counties, state agencies, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services to monitor the progression of this novel Coronavirus in hopes of limiting community transmission and protecting our county’s residents. This recommendation will be reassessed every two weeks to ensure what restrictions are still necessary to protect our community.