KANSAS CITY, Mo. — To help stop the spread of the coronavirus, leaders in the Kansas City metro are ordering residents to stay at home.
At a press conference inside Union Station on Saturday, representatives from Jackson, Johnson, Wyandotte Counties and Kansas City, Missouri, reinforced the need for a stay-at-home order, which goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and lasts at least until April 24.
“Today, despite our differences, we stand and speak united as one, united in the knowledge, understanding and appreciation for the days, weeks and months ahead,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White.
There is no curfew in place, there is no actual directive being used, what they have told the people is to police themselves, be polite, do not hoard supplies and you can go outside just make sure to stay 6 feet apart and oh yea, you can face up to 6 months in jail and fines if you break their regulations.
The order does not ban residents from venturing out, but officials urged those who choose to go outside to keep a distance of 6 feet from others.
“You can go in the yard with your family, you can barbecue with your family,” White said. “You can do a lot of things that families do, but we just encourage the 10-person limit group gathering, group parties.”
Part of the urgency of this stay-at-home order is without the ability to do testing widely across the population and test everyone that has symptoms, like fever, cough, shortness of breath, we need to reduce the spread this way,” said Dr. K. Allen Greiner, MPH, Health Officer for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, “because it’s unlikely we’ll be able to test everybody and know who has it and who doesn’t.
But officials urged people to self-police to not tie up government resources.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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