Update from the Ralls County Health Department

March 24, 2020

The Ralls County Health Department wants the residents of our county to know what is happening in our state and within our county. On Saturday, March 21st, the Governor or Missouri issued an executive order through April 6th that states:

1. Every person shall avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people.

2. Every person shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars and food courts but the use of drive-thru, pick up or a delivery option is allowed.

3. People shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes or assisted living homes unless providing critical assistance.

4. Schools shall remain closed.

Residents can still go to grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks.
As you have seen, the way business is done throughout the county has changed. People are staying home, schools are closed, doors are locked and people are being screened. Even our agency is taking precautions to protect the staff. We are screening people before they come into the agency for symptoms and travel history.
We do not want people to be scared, just smart. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds, cover your cough, don’t touch your face, keep a distance of 6 feet and stay home if you are sick.
If there is anything you need from the Health Dept. or you have any questions, we ask that you call first at 573-985-7121. MO Department of Health also has a Covid-19 hotline that can be utilized: 877-435-8411.
Please check on your elderly neighbors to make sure they are doing alright and to see if they need anything as they are the most vulnerable population.
Our job is to keep our community safe. By following the guidelines and staying home, hopefully we can keep the virus out of our county. Missouri has a total of 106 cases as of Sunday evening. To date we have had no positive cases in Ralls County and our hope is that it stays that way.