The following is a timeline of national and regional events related to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Information is updated daily.
Tuesday, March 31
Gov. Mike Parson says Missouri National Guard working to identify possible alternate care sites around the state in the fight against COVID-19. Missouri State Parks representative says Watkins Woolen Mill State Historic Site closing as of 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Head of Missouri Department of Corrections says Missouri Vocational Enterprises, which operates 22 industries inside state prisons, ramped up toilet paper production at the factory in Cameron with 600 to 800 additional cases each week, producing 3,500 cases every week.
Restless Spirits, a distillery off 18th Avenue in North Kansas City, shifts production to making hand sanitizer for health care workers, nursing homes, first responders and nonprofits.
As of 3:40 p.m., the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Clay County is 46, 28 of which are Kansas City residents with details reported by the Kansas City Health Department. The remaining 18 are residents of elsewhere in the county and reported by Clay County Public Health. The cities of residence of those reported by Clay County Public Health has not been released. Of the total infected, one is under age 15, four are aged 15 to 24, 12 are aged 25 to 44, 18 are aged 45 to 64 and 11 are 65 or older. Of those reported by Clay County Public Health, zero cases are travel related while 10 were transmitted in the community and two were infected through contact with a confirmed case. Two transmission causes are unknown and four are pending tracing investigation.
Missouri reports 1,327 total cases of COVID-19 after the number of positive tests crossed the 1,000 mark Monday, March 30. Statewide deaths increase from 13 to 14. Cases in Kansas increased from 368 to 428.
Big Slick Celebrity Weekend board says event scheduled for June 5 and 6 canceled due to coronavirus pandemic concerns. The annual star-studded weekend, started in 2010 and hosted by Kansas City natives Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Jason Sudeikis, Eric Stonestreet and David Koechner, contributes millions to pediatric cancer research at Children’s Mercy hospital in Kansas City.
Monday, March 30
Gov. Mike Parson announces waiver allowing doctors from other states to help treat Missourians during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, Missouri Department of Social Services suspends food stamp applicant interviews as a condition of eligibility for applications received in March and April and will make a special payment to Child Care Subsidy providers to ensure they are paid no less in the month of March than the average of their payments for last three months.
The United States has 148,089 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 2,599 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, there are 755,591 confirmed cases and 36,211 deaths, according to CSSE. As of 4:15 p.m., the number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Clay County residents is 33, 20 are Kansas City residents and 13 are residents of elsewhere in the county. The total number of cases has climbed by four since Friday, March 27. There are zero deaths to date of those infected.
Sunday, March 29
United States has 124,686 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. U.S. deaths from virus stand at 2,194 and global deaths surpass 30,000, with more than 10,000 of those in Italy.
CDC issues a travel advisory urging people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to "refrain from nonessential domestic travel" for 14 days.
Spain reports highest increase in coronavirus deaths, but sees drop in infection rate while Japan reports the country's largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases.
U.S. President Donald Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30.
Saturday, March 28
Kearney restaurants licensed to sell mixed alcoholic beverages by the drink now permitted to sell those drinks for take-home consumption.
Smithville School Resource Office Claire Henry says playgrounds in city are closed. Mayor Damien Boley says many people not taking countywide stay-home order seriously.
Friday, March 27
Gov. Mike Parson signs Executive Order 20-06 to mobilize the Missouri National Guard to assist in the state's COVID-19 response efforts.
President Donald Trump signs $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill. Package includes $250 billion in direct payments to Americans depending on their income, $250 billion in expanded unemployment insurance benefits, $350 billion in guaranteed small business loans that can be forgiven if businesses continue to pay employees and $500 billion in loans for businesses negatively impacted by the pandemic. It also includes $140 billion for hospitals and other health care providers.
Thursday, March 26
U.S. records 1,049 deaths — 280 of them in New York City, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Italy, with 7,503 deaths, has been the hardest hit, followed by Spain at 4,145, China at 3,291, Iran at 2,234, and France at 1,333.
As of 2 p.m., Kansas City Health Department reports another case of COVID-19 in its jurisdiction, bringing overall county total to at least 21. No additional numbers reported in its jurisdiction by Clay County Public Health as of 6 p.m.
City of Kansas City passes fiscal budget for 2020-21, extends the earnings tax deadline to July 15 and implements a Small Business Emergency Relief Fund in response to COVID-19.
Wednesday, March 25
Clay County Public Health confirms fifth case of COVID-19 in its reporting jurisdiction. The newest case is a of a woman in her 40s. Kansas City Heath Department reports a total of 15 cases in the portion of Kansas City in Clay County.
Tuesday, March 24
Smithville Mayor Damien Boley announces a state of emergency. Following recommendations by Clay County Public Health Center, the city was put under a stay-at-home order.
Clay County Public Health confirms fourth case of COIVD-19 in its reporting district. The new case is of a man in his 20s. It is unclear if it was travel related.
Monday, March 23
As of 7:24 p.m., world infection total stands at 378,601 with 16,505 deaths and 100,982 recoveries. World Heath Organization says it took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and only four for the third 100,000 cases.
United Kingdom announces countrywide lockdown with a ban on gatherings of more than two people and strict limits on exercise.
Japan’s government negotiates with the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Tokyo Olympic Games by a maximum one year.
Clay County Public Health Center confirms positive COVID-19 testing of three patients in its jurisdiction. The three join six others who live in Clay County who tested positive and were reported Sunday through the Kansas City Health Department. The additional confirmations bring the total for Clay County to nine.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams says on NBC, "This week, it's really going to get bad. ... Everyone needs to take the right steps right now, and that means stay at home."
Global stocks and U.S. futures plunge as governments worldwide lock down cities and the United States government stalls on a stimulus package meant to help Americans handle the coronavirus pandemic. Dow futures fell more than 900 points, hitting a 5% decline that triggered a limit down, preventing futures from falling further. President Trump says world pandemic's spread not Asian Americans' fault. "It is very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States and all around the world. They are amazing people, and the spreading of the virus is NOT their fault in any way, shape or form," he wrote in a Tweet.
Kearney's City Administrator Jim Eldridge states under the city's stay-at-home order, as with the county's public parks, the city's parks will remain open, but playground equipment use is not advised. "Practice social distancing, at least 6 feet between people and gather in groups of 10 people or less. Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol," a notice on city playground equipment states.
Gov. Mike Parson signs Executive Order 20-05, ordering the suspension of any prohibition on the sale of unprepared food by restaurants to the public. Parson also requests President Trump approve a major disaster declaration for Missouri to provide federal assistance for state and local COVID-19 pandemic preparedness and emergency response efforts.
Kansas City City Hall and all other city facilities announce closure to the general public at least until the current stay-at-home order ends on April 24.
Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative announces annual meeting scheduled for May 7 indefinitely postponed. "A special meeting will be held at a date to be determined in order to conduct Board of Director elections," states a cooperative release. Additionally, the co-op moves nonessential employees to remote work and suspends business travel beginning Tuesday, March 24. PCEC offices will remain closed to the public and drive-thru and warehouse services will cease for the time being.
Sunday, March 22
Clay County Public Health Director Gary Zaborac issues stay-at-home order that begins Tuesday, March 24. Residents of Clay County told to stay at home except for acquiring essential needs. Kearney Mayor Randy Pogue announces city seeking a similar shelter-in-place order. Full order can be viewed by clicking HERE.
As of 1 p.m., world COVID-19 cases stand at 319,000 with 27,000 in the United States. Of the U.S. cases, 340 ended in death. There are 90 reported cases in Missouri with three deaths. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Missouri climbs with 106 confirmed coronavirus cases and three deaths. Kansas City has confirms 13 cases, Cass and Jackson counties each has six and Johnson County, Missouri, has one. St. Louis County leads the state with 23 confirmed cases, while the city of St. Louis has 10. The number of cases in the U.S. surges to at least 26,747, making it one of the worst hit countries in the world. Only China, Italy and Spain are harder hit.
Saturday, March 21
The Missouri Department of Revenue extends the tax payment deadline to July 15, but filing date remains April 15. License plates and driver's license expiration dates extended by two months. State says drivers with an expired plate or license will not face penalty.
Nine states, not Missouri, postpone presidential primary and congressional elections.
Missouri raises limitations on the total number of children per child care provider at day care facilities to 10.
School districts across Clay County extend school closures through April 24.
Friday, March 20
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announces IRS ruling that Tax Day is moved to July 15 from April 15 for businesses and individuals.
Internet providers AT&T, Spectrum, Comcast, CenturyLink and Viasat announced they will uphold the FCC’s Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which asks companies to suspend termination of service for the next 60 days and waive late fees for residential and small business customers who are financially impacted by the spread of COVID-19.
President Trump announces student loan interest will be temporarily waived and federal student loan payments suspended for 60 days and the Department of Education will suspend standardized testing requirements for the current school year for all K-12 students.
National news reports state novel coronavirus pandemic kills at least 11,200 people worldwide, mostly in Italy and China. More than 258,000 diagnosed cases globally, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
As of 7 p.m., U.S. cases stand at more than 18,000 with more than 240 deaths reported and more than 140 recovered.
General Motors and Ventec Life Systems announce collaboration to produce respiratory care products including ventilators to fight COVID-19.
Clay County Public Health Director Gary Zaborac says one of the most recently reported positive cases of novel coronavirus in Kansas City came from a test conducted at Liberty Hospital. Dr. Raghu Adiga, chief medical officer at Liberty Hospital, says patient is in her 60s, has travel related infection and is under isolated hospital care.
Moving and storage companies U-Haul and Two Men and a Truck offer free storage for 30 days in an effort to help college students store their belongings after being displaced by campus closures.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt urges Missourians to exercise caution before donating to charities aiding in novel coronavirus outreach. Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline can be reached at (800) 392-8222 or by filing a complaint online at ago.mo.gov/app/consumercomplaint.
Metropolitan Community College announces start to delivering all courses and student support services remotely March 30 through April 10 with possible exception of small group lab work. Campuses will remain closed.
Thursday, March 19
Economic experts say COVID-19 will have lasting impact on global economy and results in multiple trillion dollar loses.
Liberty Mayor Lyndell Brenton issues a state of emergency in response to COVID-19, saying declaration is "next step and will help expedite our emergency response efforts and allow us to procure needed resources more easily and adapt as necessary in our ongoing efforts to protect public health and safety."
Northland schools finalize extended closure plans. Liberty, Kearney and Smithville students will have access to breakfast and lunch for pick up. Charter Communications offers free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to students in grades kindergarten through 12.
Missouri Education Commissioner Margie Vandenven makes announcement canceling state assessments. “There is a time and a place for statewide required assessments and now is not the time. Effective immediately, Missouri will be canceling statewide required assessments for this school year,” Vandeven said. Advanced Placement tests also are being modified.
Missouri Department of Conservation announces closure of its five staffed shooting ranges starting Friday, March 20, through April 15. MDC will reassess the situation at that point. MDC unstaffed shooting ranges remain open.
Wednesday, March 18
Gov. Parson issues executive order to waive or suspend regulations that may interfere with COVID-19 response. Order enables doctors to diagnose and treat patients more easily through telemedicine, extends hours commercial drivers can operate on Missouri roadways in order to deliver essential supplies and removes barriers to entering the education profession in order to mitigate teacher shortages.
Congresswoman Ann Wagner of Missouri releases statement saying she will self-quarantine after being in a meeting with a colleague last week who tested positive for COVID-19.
Governor announces total of 24 Missouri residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Parson says mobile testing units set up and the National Guard on stand-by to help. parson also says first Missouri death occurred in Boone County. The death is "travel-related" states Columbia Mayor Brian Treece.
Humane Society of Missouri moves to appointment-only visits and and postpones all other scheduled shelter visits including field trips and Shelter Buddies programs.
State Auditor Nicole Galloway announces her office's staff will begin working remotely as on noon Thursday, March 19. The State Auditor's Office Whistleblower Hotline remains active at (800) 347-8597 or auditor.mo.gov/hotline. Auditees with questions about ongoing audits can reach out to audit team members at email@example.com.
Missouri Department of Conservation announces closure of nature centers, visitor centers and education centers around the state to visitors effective Thursday, March 19 to April 15. All conservation areas, area trails and boat accesses remain open to the public. MDC offices and shooting ranges also remain open under normal operating hours. Hunting, fishing and trapping seasons continue as scheduled as do mentored turkey hunts and managed hunts.
Parson ordered all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7 to be postponed to June 2. The executive order declares ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed June 2 date. Voters who turn 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot.
Clay County Public Health Director Gary Zaborac orders no public gatherings of 10 or more people both indoor or outdoors with the exceptions of government functions, health care facilities, day cares, grocery stores, pharmacies, private businesses, weddings, funerals and faith-based activities. He also orders all restaurants, bars, clubs and movie theaters to close unless they are providing curbside, drive-thru or delivery services of food and beverages that adhere to CDC social distancing and control measures.
Tuesday, March 17
Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte declares a preemptive state of emergency for Clay County. County Administration Building on the Liberty Square closed to the public and nonessential employees. The legal declaration was made by Clay County Emergency Management Director Will Akin that was then approved by the County Commission Wednesday, March 18.
Missouri State Highway Patrol suspends driver road testing at all locations through March 31.
State Historical Society of Missouri and all SHSMO research centers including Kansas City close through March 31.
Gov. Parson announces state is working with University of Missouri and Washington University to expand COVID-19 testing.
Missouri Department of Transportation now allows for heavier than normal truckloads of supplies and equipment to travel on Missouri highways in the direct effort to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat the effects of the COVID-19 virus. This includes shipments of livestock and poultry.
Kearney Mayor Randy Pogue issues proclamation and Clay County Public Health issue statement urging people to follow new CDC recommendations and not attend or have public events with 10 or more people. Exceptions include governmental and judicial functions, healthcare facilities, private business operations, religious and faith-based activities, weddings and funerals. In addition to not attending or hosting events with 10 or more people, CDC recommendations urge people to not visit retirement or nursing homes and long-term care facilitates and urge restaurants, bars, taverns, movie theaters and clubs to only serve customers via drive-thrus where and if legally possible.
Missouri Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe encourages Missourians to call his office, the Missouri Attorney General Office, Department of Health and Senior Services and the Missouri Veterans Commission for COVID-19 health information and reporting of related scams. Kehoe's office can be reached at (573) 751-4727, the attorney general's consumer protection hotline can be reached at (800) 392-9222, senior services can be reached at (573) 751-6400 and the veteran's commission crisis line can be reached at (800) 273-8255.
Courier-Tribune announces closures of offices in Kearney and Liberty to public through end of March to help prevent possible spread of COVID-19.
Kearney city leaders announce postponement of biannual bulky item collection. Event was originally scheduled for March 30 to April3, but is now planned for week of May 18.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the closure of all K-12 schools for the rest of the 2019-20 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During a press conference Tuesday night, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said while a majority of schools in the state postponed returns from spring break, he does not, at this point, plan to order schools to close for remainder of school year. Parson also says state should prepare for coronavirus to be here “for months” and that state working with universities and private section to open mobile testing sites throughout state. Governor says 15 people in Missouri have now tested positive for COVID-19 with most recent today in Jackson County. As of Tuesday, March 17, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County.
Grocery store chain Hy-Vee announces shortened store hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to allow employees additional time to clean and sanitize all areas of the store, as well as restock the items in highest demand. All dining areas in all Hy-Vee stores, restaurants and convenience stores are now closed to the public. Food service areas will still operate during their normal hours, offering prepared meal options for carryout only. Also, all bars inside Hy-Vee Market Grille locations have been closed until further notice.
Central Bank of the Midwest and Platte Valley Bank announce banking services at all locations in the greater Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas areas by drive-thru only effective Wednesday, March 18, until further notice.
Smithville restaurants and bars close to dine-in customers. While still open, these businesses are doing delivery and carry-out options only.
Monday, March 16
Kearney, Liberty and Smithville school districts as well as schools throughout the Kansas City metro area announce extend closures of schools after spring break, tentatively, until April 6. The closure affects all school programming including before- and after-school activities, athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions and all weekend events.
All Mid-Continent Public Library branches close to the public beginning at noon.
Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative announces voluntarily suspension of disconnection of services for nonpayment and late fees as communities the co-op serves face challenges related to COVID-19. Cooperative also states it will close offices to public effective Tuesday, March 17.
Supreme Court of Missouri announces suspension, subject to certain listed exceptions, of all in-person proceedings in all appellate and circuit courts including all associate, family, juvenile municipal and probate divisions through Friday, April 3. The suspension applies to Clay County Circuit Court.
Cass County Health Department confirms county’s first presumptive-positive case of coronavirus in Drexel.
Smithville closes city facilities through March 31 amid COVID-19 concerns. Closure impacts City Hall, animal shelter, police department lobby, senior center and park rental facilities. City encourages residents to pay water bills online at smithvillemo.org.
All restaurants, bars, clubs and movie theaters in the Kansas City metro area announce closure for 15 days beginning Tuesday, March 17.
Kearney tables public hearings on rezoning for Greenfield subdivision residents until May 18. Announcement comes after city announces closure to the public of City Hall, Kearney Historic Museum, Kearney Senior Center, Firehouse Community Center and suspension of all senior trips, park shelter rentals, municipal court and youth recreation games and practices through March 31. Kearney City Hall foyer doors and the police department lobby will remain open during normal business hours. During this time, the city encourages residents to take advantage of online services including payment of utility bills and municipal court fines. Court dates from march 23 are moved to April 27.
Courier-Tribune cancels candidate forums for school board and city offices in Kearney and Smithville for those running for office on the April ballot.
Sunday, March 15
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend for next eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the country. The CDC said its recommendation does not apply to day-to-day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning or businesses.
Johnson County, Kansas Department of Health and Environment announce sixth case of coronavirus disease bringing state total to nine cases.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says no events or gatherings with 50 or more people will be allowed in the city for the next eight weeks. Announcement came after five confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Missouri and nine in Kansas including six in neighboring Johnson County.
Walmart announces new limited hours across nation due to inability to keep up with purchase demands related to panic buying in light of COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 6,000 people. The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University this afternoon put the worldwide death toll at 6,065 with 62 of those deaths in the U.S. Nearly 163,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide with more than 3,200 in the U.S.
ECHL Board of Governors approved the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 hockey season that includes Kansas City Mavericks.
Liberty announces stop to public access of city facilities March 16 through at least March 31 and postpones nonessential board and commission meetings. City suggests residents pay bills online.
Saturday, March 14
White House officials announce European travel ban extended to include United Kingdom and Ireland.
World War I Monument and Museum closes through Friday, April 3 amid COVID-19 concerns.
Missouri State Public Health Laboratory confirms fifth case in Missouri of novel coronavirus. The case is in Greene County. Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services also announce Henry County resident tested presumptive positive for the novel coronavirus.
Missouri State Parks announces closures of state parks and suspension of historic site programs and events as well as state Capitol tours through April 30.
Friday, March 13
U.S. President Donald Trump declares national emergency and invoked the Stafford Act, which frees up extra federal funding and allows access to the funds to combat COVID-19.
According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering, there are 137,445 active COVID-19 cases worldwide with U.S. cases approaching 1,300.
Mid-Continent Public Library System announces cancellation of all programs and extended due dates on checked-out items as well as reduced Library-By-Mail service until at least April 15.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announce closures of all Kansas City District Visitor Centers including Jerry L. Litton Center at Smithville Lake.
Clay County Detention Center suspends visitation of inmates in Clay County Detention Center in Liberty as well as volunteer programs until further notice. Detention center’s public vestibule will remain open for professional visits and to accept bonds for inmates.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The order enables Parson to waive state laws and regulations where necessary and direct state agencies to report any unfair market practices such as price gouging. State of emergency also provides access to approximately $7 million in state funds beyond federal funds Missouri expects to receive.
Local stores like Walmart, Price Chopper, Target and Hy-Vee report to Courier_tribune dwindling stock of cleaning supplies and paper products as panic buying sets in across nation. Stores implement purchasing limits, heightened sanitization protocols.
Thursday, March 12
Metropolitan Community College campuses start spring break early after member of college community self-reports being asked to self-quarantine due to potential exposure to the novel coronavirus.
Missouri has second case of coronavirus after person tests positive at Springfield clinic and is quarantined at home with mild symptoms. Person is expected to recover.
U.S. Small Business Administration announces up to $2 million in disaster assistance loans available to businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Snake Saturday and related charity cook-off canceled in North Kansas City amid COVID-19 concerns.
Clay County Emergency Management director and city leaders in Kearney, Liberty and Smithville report county and cities prepared for outbreak despite no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Clay County.
NCAA announces cancellation of men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. It’s the first time since the tournaments were introduced that basketball champions will not be crowned.
High school athletic directors in Kearney, Liberty and Smithville begin developing plans to address concerns about COVID-19 but do not announce plans to change upcoming athletic competitions. School district superintendents say they are crafting contingency plans for student learning in event schools are shut down after spring break, which ends March 22.
NHL announces paused to hockey season.
Missouri Senate announces it will not reconvene in a full session until at least March 30 due to concerns over novel coronavirus.
Missouri State High School Activities Association limits spectators for each school in Show-Me Showdown with schools getting 150 wristbands to distribute to fans. MSHAA also limits spectators allowed at state quarterfinals basketball games for pending weekend.
MLB announces cancellation of spring training games and delayed start of baseball season by at least two weeks.
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas declares a state of emergency, forcing all events with more than 1,000 people to cancel and halting nonessential travel for city employees.
Johnson County, Kansas residents have the coronavirus, bringing the state’s confirmed tally of COVID-19 cases to four, all from Johnson County.
U.S. stocks plummet in worst day of trading since Oct. 19, 1987, also known as "Black Monday."
Organizers of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Kansas City cancel event due to COVID-19 concerns.
Wednesday, March 11
Courier-Tribune reports three previously monitored for potential coronoavirus infection in Clay County cleared by health department after never showing signs of virus.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services activates statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding novel coronavirus.
President Trump announces U.S. ban on most travel from Europe for the next 30 days, starting at midnight March 13, affecting 26 European countries not including the United Kingdom.
Movie star Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, test presumptive positive for coronavirus and are in quarantine in Australia, where the couple is filming a movie.
NBA suspends basketball season after Utah Jazz player tested presumptive positive for COVID-19.
World Health Organization declares COVID-19 pandemic as virus is reported in at least 114 countries and kills more than 4,000 people.
Tuesday, March 10
Italy locks down country. Action includes ban of all public events; closure of schools and public spaces; suspension of funerals, weddings, sporting events and movement between municipalities without official permission.
Monday, March 9
Annals of Internal Medicine releases study showing people infected by novel coronavirus tend to develop symptoms about five days after exposure and almost always within two weeks.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt warns consumers of potential scams and price gouging related to COVID-19, saying scammers may try to take advantage of the stress and rush to stock up on supplies. Missouri law prohibits individuals and businesses from substantially raising their prices for the necessities of life during an emergency
Sunday, March 8
The 2020 BNP Paribas Open, major tennis tournament in California, one of the first U.S. sporting events canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
Saturday, March 7
Health officials on both sides of the Kansas and Missouri state line announce first reported presumptive-positive cases of COVID-19 in Kansas and Missouri.
Thursday, March 5
Environmental Protection Agency releases list of EPA-registered disinfectant products for novel coronavirus that includes bleach and peroxide multisurface cleaner.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Clay County Public Health alerted by Centers for Disease Control that three county residents need monitoring for 14 days due to possible COVID-19 infection after travel to China. All three are quarantined at home. Director of Public Health Gary Zaborac says no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clay County.