Friday, May 29, 2020

Springfield Police Chief: We don't do things like those Minneapolis officers

(From the Springfield Police Department)

Letter to the Citizens of Springfield from Chief of Police Paul Williams

I’m aware of and following the recent events in Minneapolis. I was shocked by the behavior of the Minneapolis police officers that led to the untimely death of George Floyd. 

The actions seen in the video do not align with the training or values of the Springfield Police Department, nor with those of the policing profession as a whole, and I consider those actions egregious and inexcusable.








I also understand that while this tragedy occurred hundreds of miles away, it still affects us all in a variety of ways. 

The members of the SPD want to assure the citizens of Springfield that we stand with them and we respect their right to voice their concerns, peacefully. We are committed to continuing to partner with all members of our community to ensure that our city remains a place we can all be proud of.

Carthage city, school board candidates express views in virtual forum

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce posted this YouTube video of Carthage city and R-9 School Board candidates offering the reasons why voters should support their candidacies.

The election, originally scheduled for April, but postponed due to the pandemic, will be held Tuesday.






Second surgery delayed for Webb City PD sergeant struck by alleged drunk driver

The second surgery for Webb City Police Department Sergeant Brian Ward, who was struck and severely injured by an alleged drunk driver Tuesday while vacationing with his family in Florida, was delayed due to blood clots in his leg, according to his wife Heather.

Ward suffered a severely broken right leg, injuries to his left leg and had 12 staples placed in the back of his head after the car dragged him 75 yards. The Wards' two-year-old son Knox, who Ward was placing in a child safety seat at the time of accident, was also injured, but has been transferred to a regular hospital room, Mrs. Ward said in a Facebook post Thursday night.

In the post, she revealed the effect the accident has had on their five-year-old daughter Reagan, who witnessed it.








Update as of 5/28 10:45 pm:

Today was busy. I like busy because when I’m not busy the nightmare returns to my memory and is still very fresh.

Today, Knox was moved from PICU to a regular room. Fingers crossed he is released tomorrow so I can focus a little more on Brian’s care.

Brian was scheduled for surgery number two tomorrow. He has blood clots in his leg so they pushed it back. They started medication for the clots today. Tomorrow they will put a filter in to help break the clots up and then they will evaluate the soft tissue. In order for Brian’s surgery to be successful they will have to make sure the soft tissue is good enough to repair the bones. This may require a few more surgeries to clean the tissue and get it ready. His original surgeon passed Brian’s case to some one he felt was more qualified. This is something his new doctor has done many, many times. Brian’s is in his top 3 worst cases. Brian is very lucky his arteries weren’t damaged and that he still has blood flow to his leg and a very strong pulse. It’s basically another miracle. If this wasn’t the case he would have lost his leg completely.

We did end up taking Reagan to get checked out today. She was vomiting this morning and I wanted to make sure she didn’t have something going on from collision. With all of the chaos, I was afraid maybe she had bumped her head or been hurt and we didn’t know. She checked out perfectly. I’m thinking it’s just her way of coping with this.

I want to share a special moment from this evening. Knox and Reagan are normally stuck to each other like glue. They are best buds. This is the longest they have been apart since Knox was born.


An account has been established at Pinnacle Bank to help the Ward family with medical expenses:

WARD FAMILY BENEFIT ACCOUNT

Here is a list of the Joplin metro Pinnacle Bank locations:

1010 S Madison Street, Suite M, Webb City
802 S Main Street, Joplin
2433 S Rangeline Road, Joplin
1316 E 32nd Street, Joplin
1651 W 7th Street, Joplin
501 Cross St, Sarcoxie

Still no COVID-19 cases in Barton County, two tests pending

(From the Barton County Health Department)

COVID-19 Update as of 5:00 pm May 28, 2020

Barton County, Missouri:

• 0 positive cases
• 162 residents have been tested
• 160 resulted negative
• 2 are awaiting test results
• 1 under quarantine for contact to a positive case








Missouri:

• 191,894 Missourians tested
• 12,673 lab confirmed cases (Total since 3/7/20)
• 648 hospitalizations related to COVID-19
• 707 deaths attributed to COVID-19

Visit Missouri’s COVID-19 Dashboard if you would like more in-depth information:

http://mophep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html…

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Complete video- Arkansas Governor's COVID-19 briefing




Four more COVID-19 deaths in Oklahoma, 6270 cases

(From the Oklahoma State Department of Health)

As of this advisory, there are 6,270 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

There are four additional deaths; one of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between May 22-May 26.

-One in Oklahoma County, a male in the 65 and older age group.

-One in Choctaw County, a female in the 65 and older age group. 








-One in Jackson County, a female in the 65 and older age group. 

-One in McClain County, a male in the 65 and older age group. 

There are 326 total deaths in the state.

COVID-19 testing sites are open in multiple cities in Oklahoma as a result of a cross-county, city and state health system partnership. Visit this page for updated dates and locations.

For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

Agenda posted for Joplin City Council meeting

JOPLIN CITY COUNCIL
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2020
5th FLOOR COUNCIL CHAMBERS
602 S. MAIN ST. JOPLIN MO
6:00 PM

NOTE: The number of guests in the Council Chambers is limited to 45 due
to the social distancing requirement of 6 ft.

1.

Call To Order

Invocation
Pledge of Allegiance of the United States of America
2.

Roll Call

3.

Presentations

1.

Proclamation Recognizing The 100th Anniversary Of Kiwanis Club Of Joplin

Documents:
  1. KIWANIS 2020.PDF
4.

Finalization Of Consent Agenda

5.

Reports And Communications

1.
2.

Insurance Benefits RFP Report By Segal.

6.

Citizen Requests And Petitions

7.

Public Hearings

1.

PUBLIC HEARING PROCEDURES

2.

COUNCIL BILL NO 2020-259

AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of
Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District R-1 and including in District R-2 property as described below and located approximately 140’ North and 60’ West of the intersection of N Oliver Ave. and W A St., City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
3.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-260

AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of
Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District C-O and including in District C-1 property as described below and located 5526 W 32nd Street, City of Joplin, Jasper County and Newton County, Missouri.
4.

COUNCIL BILL NO 2020-261

AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of
Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District R-1 and including in District R-2 property as described below and located Approximately 50’ West of the West end of public right-of-way on Douglas Place, City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
5.

COUNCIL BILL NO 2020-262

AN ORDINANCE providing the vacation for a public street located Pearl Ave. right-of-way lying North of W. 7th St. and South of W 6th St. in the City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
6.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-263

AN ORDINANCE providing the vacation for an easement located Sergeant Ave. street right-of-way lying South of W. 24th St. and North of W. 25th St. in the City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
7.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-264

AN ORDINANCE providing to vacate an easement approximately 1000 feet East of the intersection of E 26th St. and S Irwin Ave in the City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
8.

Consent Agenda

1.

May 18, 2020 Joplin City Council Meeting Minutes

Documents:
  1. MAY 18, 2020.PDF
2.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-123

AN ORDINANCE approving a work authorization with Allgeier, Martin and Associates, Inc. in the not to exceed amount of Sixty Thousand And No/100 Dollars ($60,000.00) for the 20th and Malang Lift Station Improvements Project; and authorizing the City Manager or his designee to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin.
Documents:
  1. CB2020-123.PDF
3.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-254

AN ORDINANCE approving the voluntary annexation by the City of Joplin, Missouri, located at 266 County Road 190, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
Documents:
  1. CB2020-254.PDF
4.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-255

AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District R-1 and including in District M-2 property as described below and located 266 County Road 190, City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
Documents:
  1. CB2020-255.PDF
5.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-256

AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District C-1-PD and including in District C-3 property as described below and located 1502 Rangeline Rd., City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
Documents:
  1. CB2020-256.PDF
6.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-257

AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District R-1 and including in District R-2 property as described below and located 2511 Murphy Ave., City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
Documents:
  1. CB2020-257.PDF
7.

COUNCIL BILL NO 2020-258

AN ORDINANCE providing the vacation for a public street located approximately 300 feet East of the intersection of S. McIntosh Circle and W. 32nd St. in the City of Joplin, Newton County, Missouri.
8.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-284

AN ORDINANCE amending Ordinance No. 2004-256, passed by the Council of the City of Joplin, Missouri, November 15, 2004, by removing from District M-2-PD and including in District R-3 property as described below and located 3110 E 13th St, City of Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri.
Documents:
  1. CB2020-284.PDF
9.

Resolutions

10.

Ordinances - Emergency

1.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-138

AN ORDINANCE authorizing an agreement by and between the City of Joplin and Hutchens Construction Company, LLC., for the Relocation of the General Aviation (GA) Entrance Road at the Joplin Regional Airport; and containing an emergency clause.          

2.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-139

AN ORDINANCE authorizing a supplemental agreement by and between the City of Joplin and Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc., for Construction Observation Services for the Relocation of the General Aviation Entrance Road at the Joplin Regional Airport; and containing an emergency clause.
3.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-142

AN ORDINANCE Authorizing the acceptance of a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act or “the Act”) to help the City of Joplin respond to and recover from the COVID-19 emergency by providing up to 100% reimbursement of operational expenses related to the Metropolitan Area Public Transit System (MAPS) and Sunshine Lamp Trolley, authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin; and containing an emergency clause.
4.

COUNCIL BILL NO 2020-354

AN ORDINANCE approving the contract by and between the City of Joplin and B&D Yardbuilders for the demolition of the structure(s) and clearing of lot area located at 1011 S. Jackson Ave. in the City of Joplin, Missouri, for One Thousand Nine Hundred Ninety-five and 00/100 Dollars ($1,995.00); providing how the cost thereof shall be paid; how the assessment thereof shall be made; and containing an emergency clause.
5.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-355

AN ORDINANCE approving the contract by and between the City of Joplin and Gator Industrial for the demolition of the structure(s) and clearing of lot area located at 617, 619 & 621 E. 13TH St. in the City of Joplin, Missouri, for Two Thousand Eight Hundred Fifty and 00/100 Dollars ($ 2,850.00); providing how the cost thereof shall be paid; how the assessment thereof shall be made; and containing an emergency clause.
6.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-357

AN ORDINANCE approving the contract by and between the City of Joplin and Gator Industrial for the demolition of the structure(s) and clearing of lot area located at 231 S. Park Ave. in the City of Joplin, Missouri, for Three Thousand Three Hundred and 00/100 Dollars ($3,300.00); providing how the cost thereof shall be paid; how the assessment thereof shall be made; and containing an emergency clause.
11.

Ordinances - First Reading

1.

COUNCIL BILL NO. 2020-143

AN ORDINANCE approving Amendment 1 to Work Authorization BW-Conn-TC0606 with Bartlett & West, Inc. in the not to exceed amount of Two Hundred Forty-Eight Thousand Five Hundred Ninety-Six and 00/100 dollars ($248,596.00) for engineering services for the Connecticut Avenue Widening project and authorizing the City Manager or his designee to execute the same by and on behalf of the City of Joplin.
12.

Ordinances - Second Reading And Third Reading

13.

Unfinished Business

14.

New Business

1.

Case 023-20

Case 023-20 Site Plan Review – A request to review the Site Plan for a proposed Senior Living
Facility located at 2001 E. 44th Street – Coryell Joplin
2.

Boards/Commissions Appointments & Reappointments

3.

Announcements From Public Information Office

Carthage R-9 Board schedules special meeting for public hearing on calendar, closed meeting on personnel, legal issues






















Parson extends Phase One of state's reopening through June 15

(From Gov. Mike Parson)

During today’s COVID-19 briefing, Governor Mike Parson announced that Phase 1 of the state’s “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan has been extended from Sunday, May 31, 2020, through Monday, June 15, 2020.

“We are very pleased with how well Phase 1 has gone so far,” Governor Parson said.

“Businesses, communities, and Missourians across the state have done a great job of implementing health and safety measures, and we continue to be encouraged by data across the state.”








Resting on four essential pillars, the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan is intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19 while helping Missouri recover economically:

-Expand testing capacity and volume in the state

-Expand reserves of PPE by opening public and private supply chains 

-Continue to monitor and, if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity

-Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data

Extending Phase 1 of the plan through June 15 aligns with Governor Parson’s other Executive Orders as well as the state of emergency in Missouri.

Additionally, some communities are farther along than others in the recovery process. Extending Phase 1 will give communities more time to prepare and align efforts as the state continues working toward Phase 2.

“I want to assure you that our efforts are showing positive results, and we are still in a good place with all four of our recovery pillars,” Governor Parson said. “We are extending Phase 1 not because Missouri has taken steps back, but because we want to continue the progress we’ve made and make sure we are fully prepared for Phase 2.”

During Phase 1, citizens may re-engage in economic and social activities but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet of space between individuals in most cases.

There are currently no limitations on social gatherings as long as necessary precautions are taken and six feet of distance can be maintained between individuals and/or families. Additionally, all businesses can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the health order are followed.

Local officials will still have the authority to put further rules, regulations, or ordinances in place so long as they are not inconsistent with the statewide order.

To view the full public health order, click here. For additional guidelines and frequently asked questions, click here. More information on the “Show Me Strong Recovery” Plan can be found at showmestrong.mo.gov.

Aligning with economic recovery, Governor Parson also announced during today’s briefing that Tooling Tech Group (TTG), the second largest tooling provider in the United States, is investing $4.5 million to expand its Washington, Missouri, operations by 21,000 square feet.

TTG currently operates out of 114,000 square feet at two locations in Washington – Town & Country Industrial Park and 431 W-W Industrial Park where the expansion is underway.

The Washington division specializes in engineer-to-order die cast tooling for the automotive and outdoor products industries, including extensive die repair and laser welding capability. The company plans to increase its team by 25 over the next five years with engineers, programmers, precision machinists, and die mechanics.

“Throughout these challenging times, Missouri has remained strong and resilient,” Governor Parson said. “Seeing companies like Tooling Tech Group expand in our state gives us hope and confidence as we move forward on the path to economic recovery.”

From a testing standpoint, Missouri continues to make progress with its COVID-19 testing plan. From May 20 through May 27, the state exceeded both its sentinel and community sampling testing goals.

For sentinel testing, 6,466 tests were planned from May 20 through May 27, and 8,127 tests were conducted. For community sampling, 2,250 tests were planned, and 2,971 were conducted. The state came very close to its goal for box-in testing, completing approximately 4,539 tests out of a planned 4,670. 










In addition to efforts at the state level, CVS Health today announced it will open 22 new COVID-19 testing sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Missouri as part of its nationwide COVID-19 response. Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria as well as state and age guidelines.

Patients will remain in their vehicles and be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window. At the window, they will be provided with a test kit and instructions. A CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly. Tests will then be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing, and the results will be available in approximately three days.

“These testing sites will be a huge help as we continue to increase testing in Missouri, and we are grateful for CVS’s commitment to slowing the spread and keeping our citizens healthy and safe,” Governor Parson said.

For updates on COVID-19 cases, testing, deaths, and hospitalizations in Missouri, view the state’s interactive dashboard.

Video- Complete Joplin City Council candidate forum

(From the City of Joplin)

Candidates in this year’s Joplin City Council election participated in a Candidate Forum program that aired live earlier this week on KGCS-TV. The program is being rebroadcast on KGCS-TV at 7 p.m. tonight, Sunday evening, and after the City Council meeting on Monday.

The municipal election is being held on Tuesday June 2 after the Missouri Secretary of State moved it from the original date of April 7 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Eleven candidates are on the ballot for the June 2 election.








Zone Two has three candidates seeking the seat – Harvey Hutchinson, Charles Copple and Jim Scott.

Zone Three is a race between two candidates – incumbent Phil Stinnett and Steve Urie.

The General Council has two four-year seats up for election with four candidates seeking these positions – Christina Williams, incumbent Keenan Cortez, Josh Bard, and Shawna Ackerson.

One General Council seat for a two-year term is on the ballot with two candidates vying for this seat – Josh Shackles and incumbent Anthony Monteleone.

Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager and host of the Newsmakers interview program, hosted the show asking candidates about key issues facing the City of Joplin.

Josh Hawley- Stand up against Communist China- send me money

Sen. Josh Hawley has a plan to fight the evil influence of China and it starts with a basic concept.

Send him money.

In a campaign e-mail today, Hawley stated his case:

These past few months have exposed China for what they truly are — a failing Communist regime. We know they have been ripping off every country with unfair trade practices for years, manipulating their currency, and corrupting the markets.









China’s mishandling of COVID-19 is just the tip of the iceberg. We must continue to condemn China for all of their lies and deception, but more importantly, we need to take action.


We finally have a president who has the guts to stand up to them. Now is the time to take action against China. But to do this, we need more Republicans in office who are willing to take on China. This is why I am asking you for your help today.

The message is followed by a link reading "Stand up against Communist China."

The link, naturally takes you to a page where you can donate to the Hawley campaign. Hawley, it should be noted, does not run for re-election until 2024.

Of course, some pundits have been suggesting Hawley will be running for president that year.

After the donation link, Hawley concludes his message by saying, "Previous presidents have talked tough on China, but they have never taken action to hold them accountable. Today, we have a historic opportunity to keep the pressure on China. This means fighting against medical supply chain vulnerability from communist Beijing. It also means fighting to take back our jobs and re-open America for business.

"Please join us in this fight for American independence today."

That is followed by another link, which again leads to a donation for Josh Hawley.




Springfield City Council to vote on emergency bills to ease outdoor dining requirements

(From the City of Springfield)

On Monday night, Springfield City Council is expected to vote on two emergency bills to ease the requirements for outdoor dining spaces as the Springfield community continues its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and reopens in phases.

The current “Road to Recovery” Order limits customer occupancy of restaurants and of lawfully approved patio seating to 25% of the result of the total square footage of the restaurant divided by 30, and is expected to be in effect until June 15, when that percentage may increase to 50%, provided state orders allow such level of occupancy and the measures tracked on the Springfield-Greene County Health Department’s COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard indicate reopening further is prudent.

Council Bill 2020-130 on Monday night’s agenda would suspend enforcement of the parking ratios for restaurants to allow the use of restaurant parking lots as outdoor dining spaces to provide additional dining and service opportunities during Mayor Ken McClure’s Declaration of Civil Emergency.








Council Bill 2020-131 would waive the application fees for encroachment permits in the Downtown Springfield and Commercial Street Community Improvement Districts for sidewalk cafes through Nov. 30 and modify the insurance requirement for sidewalk cafes during the civil emergency.

If City Council passes the bills and once the application period opens, anyone seeking to establish outdoor dining facilities in a private parking lot should contact Matt Schaefer at 417-864-1100 to apply for a permit. There will be no permit fee. Anyone seeking to establish outdoor dining facilities on a sidewalk in the Downtown Springfield or Commercial Street Community Improvement Districts should contact Dawne Gardner at 417-864-1863 to apply for an encroachment permit.

“City Council recognizes the impact of these restrictions on the ability of restaurants to effectively and efficiently operate, and that making these allowances for the duration of the Mayor’s declaration of civil emergency, or any amendment thereto, reduces the negative impact of occupancy restrictions on restaurants and eases compliance with the restriction – therefore furthering the important public health goal of limiting person-to-person contact,” said Planning and Development Director Mary Lilly Smith.








Please note: citizens wishing to sign up to speak at the meeting or remove an item from the consent agenda are required to contact City Clerk Anita Cotter by 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31. This can be done via an online form, by calling 417-864-1651 or by emailing acotter@springfieldmo.gov. The agenda is located here.

Citizens who have signed up with the City Clerk in accordance with the new rule will be provided the option to participate in the meeting electronically in Room 108 on the first floor of Historic City Hall.

Citizens who have experienced any of the following, will not be allowed inside City Hall:
Flu-like symptoms
Respiratory illness (cough, difficulty breathing)
Fever
Traveled in the past 14 days to an affected area
Been exposed to someone who has traveled to an affected area
Been exposed to someone who has been evaluated for the illness or confirmed illness.

Sam Graves: Celebrating teachers and the Class of 2020

(From Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves)

As Teacher Appreciation Month as well as the school year comes to an end, it is important to recognize not only our teachers, but also our students as well. Both overcame unparalleled challenges this year to ensure learning continued, even without a classroom to meet in.

In March, schools in Missouri stopped meeting in-person due to concerns with COVID-19, something that no one could have seen coming. Our teachers had to adapt quickly to ensure that each child’s education continued unimpeded. They’ve gone above and beyond to make sure our students are still getting the education they need, through take-home lessons and online classes.

While many parents already understood the difficult job our teachers undertake each day, they have now learned first-hand what an incredible job our educators do. After months of supervising schoolwork full-time, I know most are more than ready for their kids to be back in a classroom when the time comes!








Earlier this month, I introduced a resolution in Congress with my colleague from Iowa, Rep. Dave Loebsack, to honor teachers.

The resolution recognizes the contributions of America’s teachers to building and enhancing the Nation’s civic, cultural, and economic well-being. Unlike previous resolutions, this one noted the incredible ways our teachers have stepped up during this pandemic, going above and beyond to support their students and communities during these extraordinarily challenging times.

While the year was very difficult for our teachers, my heart also goes out to our students, particularly graduating seniors. So many milestones occur in the final year of high school that our students look forward to for their entire lives. From final sports seasons, to Prom, to graduation, the Class of 2020 will remember this year for very different, unfortunate reasons. However, I trust they’ll still hold their heads high and I look forward to seeing all they will accomplish as they enter their next chapter.

This school year might have looked different, but the work of our teachers in the lives of our students, and the outstanding 2020 graduates they helped produce in spite of the challenges, deserve our celebration and recognition. Thanks to our nation’s teachers and congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Potential COVID-19 exposures at Target, Aldi in Springfield, Walmart Supercenters in Springfield, Republic,

(From the Springfield-Greene County Health Department)

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department saw an increase of six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 today. We continue to investigate these cases, and will update the community on the circumstances as soon as we can.

None of the new cases are clients of the Great Clips located at 1864 S. Glenstone, where two hair stylists recently tested positive for the virus.

Testing has been offered to close contacts of those cases. We have received results for 42 clients so far, and are happy to report that all have come back negative. We are hopeful that this continues to be the case for future results.

We hope to brief the media with the latest information on these latest cases on Friday. 






 

Based on what we know at this time, we are notifying the public of several potential exposures: 

Monday, May 18: Walmart Supercenter at 1150 US 60 in Republic between 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (symptomatic, not masked) 

Thursday, May 21: Walmart Supercenter at 2021 E. Independence around 6 p.m. (infectious, not masked) 

Friday, May 22: Walmart Supercenter at 1150 US 60 in Republic around 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. (infectious, not masked) 

Saturday, May 23: Burlington at 3860 W Washita St. between 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (infectious, not masked) 

Sunday, May 24: Aldi at 421 E. Battlefield around 1 p.m. (symptomatic, not masked) 

Sunday, May 24: Target at 1825 E. Primrose around 5 p.m. (infectious, not masked)

These individuals visited these locations prior to being diagnosed. 






 

As we continue to take steps to reopen our community, it is even more important for all of us to interact with our environment carefully. If someone is sick or thinks they may be sick, they should stay home.

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It spreads between people who are in close contact with one another.

Anyone who was at these locations on these dates is at low risk for contracting COVID-19, but should monitor for symptoms. There is no need to self-quarantine or isolate unless symptoms develop.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: 
 
cough,
fever,
shortness of breath,
chills,
muscle pain,
sore throat
and new loss of taste or smell.

If symptoms do develop, seek medical attention.

If you are sick, you can use virtual care options to seek medical treatment without exposing others to illness. Links are available at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus

For more information about COVID-19, visit our website at health.springfieldmo.gov/coronavirus, email coronavirus@springfieldmo.gov, or call 417-874-1211.

Judge tells Joplin man serving time on child porn charge, COVID-19 not a get-out-of-jail-free card for you

A federal judge today rejected a Joplin man's motion to be released early from prison because he has health problems and is concerned about COVID-19.

Richard Thuerauf, 51, served as his own attorney when he filed a 20-page motion May 4 asking for his release. The warden at the Seagoville, Texas minimum security prison where Thuerauf is serving his sentence for receiving and distributing child pornography had already rejected the idea.

Thuerauf is not eligible for release until April 2023.








In her ruling, Judge Beth Phillips said Thuerauf's sleep apnea and high blood pressure are under control with medication and that the guidelines also require her to take into consideration the nature o the crime he committed.

Phillips said she had taken Thuerauf's medical condition into consideration when she initially sentenced him in January 2019  and "the factors justifying Defendant’s sentence have not changed in the interim."

The only new consideration is the risk associated with COVID-19, and as explained above the risk that Defendant faces is very low. His circumstances are not 'extraordinary and compelling,' so his motion for compassionate release is denied." 

Successful surgery for Webb City PD Sergeant struck by alleged drunk driver, more surgery to come

The news is positive from Destin, Florida where an alleged drunk driver struck Webb City Police Department Patrol Sergeant Brian Ward and his two-year-old Knox Tuesday.

Ward's first surgery on a badly broken leg Wednesday was successful, his wife Heather said in a post this morning on her Facebook page, while Knox Ward is scheduled to be moved out of the pediatric intensive care unit and onto the main floor.

Uninjured, at least physically, during the accident, in addition to Mrs. Ward, was the couple's five-year-old daughter Reagan.







Both of them witnessed the accident, which Mrs. Ward described in a Facebook post Wednesday:

Knox landed about 30 feet in front of our vehicle and Brian was drug about 75 yards under the drunk driver's vehicle. I do believe that Brian saved Knox’s life by throwing him to safety. They had to remove the car from Brian.

In her Facebook post this morning, Mrs. Ward, in addition to providing an update on the condition of her husband and son, thanked all of the people who offered an outpouring of love and support following her initial posts:

We are about 36 hours post accident. It feels like time has stopped and we’ve been going through this for weeks. The emotions hit hard last night. I’m guessing my shock has worn off.

Brian’s surgery went well. They got his leg stabilized and now we wait for the swelling to go down. After that, he will have another surgery to repair his leg. The timeline is uncertain at this point.

Knox should be moved out of PICU today to the main floor. His pain seems to have increased so we are working in some pain management this morning. The next step is getting him to want to eat.

The emotions are also hitting Reagan pretty hard today too. Her questions are heartbreaking. I took her to Target to get her some new jammies and a car seat last night.










I have a lot to do today. I have only seen Brian for about 10 minutes since this happened. Gretchen will stay with Knox while I go to see Brian. Our car was also damaged, so I need to get to the storage lot and clean it out so the insurance company can take it. All of our belongings are still in Navarre so I will need to at least get some of our necessities together too.

Lastly, I have read every single message. You all are amazing and I can’t even begin to explain the love that we feel. Out of every message I’ve only read one that was negative. He ridiculed my family for vacationing during this time and stated it was “karma”. I would never wish this situation on anyone, even if I didn’t agree with their decisions. We evaluated every aspect of this trip. Cases are minimal and we have done our best to social distance just like we do at home.

A life lived in fear is no life at all.


An account has been established at Pinnacle Bank to help the Ward family with medical expenses:

WARD FAMILY BENEFIT ACCOUNT

Here is a list of the Joplin metro Pinnacle Bank locations:

1010 S Madison Street, Suite M, Webb City
802 S Main Street, Joplin
2433 S Rangeline Road, Joplin
1316 E 32nd Street, Joplin
1651 W 7th Street, Joplin
501 Cross St, Sarcoxie