Clay County COVID-19 Recovery
Updated Isolation Guidance

The following recommendations have been updated by the CDC regarding COVID-19 isolation recommendations as of July 17th. The Clay County Public Health Center recommends adopting the Symptom-Based Criteria for  business return-to-work policies, return-to-school policies, return-to-daycare policies and return to any other community participation policies  depending on which scenario best applies to your organization. As the science evolves, so do these recommendations. Routinely review current recommendations to maintain policy alignment. 

Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms  and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:
  • At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

*A limited number of persons with severe illness may produce replication-competent virus beyond 10 days, that may warrant extending duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset. Consider consultation with infection control experts. See  Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 in Healthcare Settings (Interim Guidance).

Persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 who never develop COVID-19 symptoms   may discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.
Face Masks and Coverings

On Sunday, July 19, Clay County began requiring face masks and coverings to be worn in all indoor areas of public accommodation. This decision was made due to the  rapid increase  in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations of Clay County residents in recent weeks.

The goal of the mask mandate is to reduce the spread of germs that cause COVID-19, infecting more and more Clay County residents every day. Face masks and coverings have been  proven  to limit the spread of these germs. By increasing the use of face masks, we hope to see a reduction in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

How does COVID-19 spread and how can you prevent it? Our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Raghu Adiga is an infectious disease specialist and he encourages certain actions to help stop the spread. At  #LibertyHospital  and clinics we are doing everything we can to keep our patients, staff and visitors safe. When you need us, Liberty Hospital is  #ReadyForYou .
Member Announcements & Events
REMINDER: Applications for the City of Kearney's CARES Small Business Grant ARE DUE TODAY!

The City of Kearney has allocated $100,000 to provide $5,000 grants to qualifying small businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Clay County EDC will be managing the grant applications for the City of Kearney.  APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED FROM JULY 10 - JULY 24!

Below is a link to the application that the business will submit to the Clay County EDC to apply for the funding. Clay County EDC's contact info is listed on the application.

Don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have about the program. Thank you to Mayor Pogue and our Board of Aldermen for supporting our local businesses!

Shawna Searcy
Executive Director
Kearney Area Development Council
P.O. Box 291, Kearney, MO 64060
Phone: (816) 628-3343

Drive-In at Jesse James Park - July Throwback Month!

Join us at Jesse James Park for our very first Drive-In series! This is a FREE event! AND we are going to be celebrating Christmas in July as we ask for donations for the Kearney Family Foundation at the door. Saturday, July 25, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

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Ameren Missouri launches new COVID-19 relief fund to help small businesses
$500,000 in program funds for energy assistance now available to small businesses and nonprofits with 50 or fewer employees

ST. LOUIS (July 8, 2020) – Today Ameren Missouri announced a new $500,000 energy assistance program for Missouri's small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is open to small businesses and nonprofit customers with 50 or fewer employees who meet other eligibility requirements.

"We understand the hardship that many of our small businesses are facing today to keep their doors open and provide valuable goods, services and jobs in communities throughout the state," said Tara Oglesby , vice president, Customer Experience, Ameren Missouri. " That's why we created this program in partnership with the United Way to help small businesses and nonprofits with their energy costs."

Business and nonprofit customers interested in applying for assistance may do so online at . If the application is approved, customers can expect to receive a one-time $250 bill credit.

The new program for small businesses follows similar assistance programs offered by Ameren Missouri for residential customers. Customers can l earn more about Ameren Missouri's energy assistance programs at .

Since March, Ameren Missouri has provided more than $5 million in energy assistance and other COVID-19 charitable contributions to support customers and communities in need.

Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than 100 years, and the company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. Ameren Missouri's mission is to power the quality of life for its 1.2 million electric and 132,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. The company's service area covers 64 counties and more than 500 communities, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenMissouri or
Live with an air of confidence -- with the new pureAir SOLO personal air purifie r , you get an active zone of protection from air born allergens, viruses, bacteria, and more, everywhere you go.
  • All-day protection anywhere, anytime. Reduce the risk of catching an illness while traveling or in crowds. Repel allergens to enjoy the outdoors and pets. Alleviate the negative effects of others’ smoking, colognes, or perfumes.
  • Relief from allergies, without side effects. Using the most powerful ion force on the market, pureAir SOLO creates a four ft. barrier, actively repelling harmful particles from your breathing space. It’s a wearable, personal clean-air zone!
  • Going out? Take along an air of confidence. Shield your personal breathing space from airborne allergens, viruses, bacteria, and more with the NEW pureAir SOLO.

"I love my SOLO! I have always suffered with sinus problems and allergies. When I have the SOLO on , my nose is clear and being outside with pollen doesn’t make me sneeze. I also wear it when I am out in public to help support a clean/healthy breathing environment!" ~ Danna

To order contact fellow Chamber member, Marvin Schreiner, owner Green Indoor Air, at 816-309-6585 or 
Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th, times to be determined, for Kearney School District's annual Back to School Resource Fair. Families are also welcome to "shop" for gently-used clothing during those times. The Fair will be held at Hawthorne Elementary at 1815 S. Jefferson.

The beginning of the school year is fast approaching! We are in full swing of planning and organizing our Back to School Resource Fair. The resource fair helps us to ensure all students have what they need on the very first day of school! We already have 135 students registered! Our Back to School Resource Fair provides school supplies, hygiene kits, gently used clothing, information about community resources and even underwear! Every year this is only possible because of the help of so many community partners like you. Many of you have already reached out and have started collecting items. If you haven't and would be interested in helping there is still time. Here are the ways we'd like to invite your organization to be part of the 2020 Back to School Resource Fair—
  • Would you share information about the Resource Fair? We would be glad to bring flyers for you to distribute or share a paragraph for use in a newsletter. Here's the link for people to register: Register for the Fair
  • Could you hold a supply drive or make a donation to our project? Some groups have chosen to collect supplies all summer and others concentrate on a particular date or event. If you are interested, we will identify a couple of items for you to focus on. If you’d rather make a monetary donation, we’d be happy to do the shopping for you!
  • Would you ask people to save their gently used clothes and donate them to the Resource Fair when we begin collecting? Here’s a paragraph you could use to ask for help—
  • Cleaning out your closets? The Kearney school counselors and social workers will be collecting new and gently used clothes and distributing them during the Back to School Resource Fair on August 6th & 7th . We need clothes in all sizes—from youth small to adult XXL. We are especially looking for Bulldog gear. Clothes and shoes may be dropped off at Hawthorne Elementary August 3rd-5th between 9:00 and 3:00.  
  • Do you have people in your organization that like to volunteer? We need lots of volunteers to organize and distribute the clothes we collect. This link allows volunteers to let us know they are interested: Volunteer Registration

We are so thankful for the amazing support we receive from this community and our list of community partners for the Resource Fair continues to grow every year. We’d love to add your name to the list! 
Thanks for considering this request! Take care and please let us know if you have any questions. 
KSD Counselors & Social Workers
Chamber Opportunities
DEADLINE: Mon., August 10 @ Noon
Drop off your goodie bag items at the Chamber Office, located at 455 Sam Barr Dr., Suite 103,
between the hours of 9am-3pm, or bring them with you to the  August 5 Chamber Luncheon.
Lets fill the bags full!

The Kearney School District will welcome a new cohort of teachers (and principals) this school year. So, let's extend a warm welcome and invite them to #ShopKearneyFirst.
Your Kearney Chamber is hosting the New Teacher Luncheon on August 13 and will again present Chamber goodie bags on behalf of our members .
All Chamber Members are invited to share in this unique opportunity to promote your business and get your brand in their hands first  
by providing promotional items for 20 bags (examples include gift cards, coupons, promotional swag, mini-bottles of hand sanitizer, masks, office supplies, or anything a new teacher could use).
The Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in their June meeting, resolved to do something each month to demonstrate greater appreciation and community support for the Kearney Police Department and Kearney Fire & Rescue . Last week, Executive Director Stacie Bratcher delivered a care package of treats to the police department.
“At the Chamber, one of our pillars of purpose is to be a good community partner,” said Bratcher. “We wanted to extend that to the Kearney Police Department, it felt like a really good time to be able to say thank you to them for all they do to support and protect the businesses in the Kearney community.”
Treats were donated by Dan Lechner of Farmers Insurance in Kearney and CVS Pharmacy in Kearney. If your business would like to contribute to the Chamber of Commerce monthly appreciation initiative , contact Stacie Bratcher at 816-628-4229 or email . ( KPGZ News - 102.7FM KPGZ-lp)
Coming to your inbox Wednesday, July 29!
Watch your email for details!!
MO Chamber
Missouri announced two new programs that will send $50 million in grants to businesses across the state. If you have a small business or farm that was interrupted due to the COVID-19 crisis, the state  has funding available to reimburse some costs . The grant includes eligibility guidelines to target the funding toward the most hard-hit businesses. In addition, if you are a manufacturer interested in retooling your plant to produce personal protective equipment (PPE),  funds are available
Missouri Chamber joins “Mask Up Missouri” effort
To reduce the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the progress in reopening, a coalition of stakeholders are promoting “Mask Up Missouri.” The goal is to educate Missourians on the benefits of mask wearing to control the spread of COVID-19.
Get a printable poster that individuals, organizations and businesses can use to promote the wearing of masks in public.
Meetings & Events
Mark Your Calendars:
July 24 – Chamber Office Closed
July 28 – Finance Committee Meeting
July 28 – Board of Directors Meeting
August 5 – Membership Luncheon at First Baptist Church
August 11 – Ambassador Committee
August 18 – Marketing Committee
August 25 – Finance Committee Meeting
August 25 – Board of Directors Meeting
August 31 – Nonprofit Forum

Visit the Chamber Calendar for more information on Chamber meetings and events. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Chamber events will look slightly different due to additional safety precautions that are being taken to ensure the safety of those in attendance. Details can be found within each event listing.
Chamber Membership Luncheon

Join us for our monthly Chamber Luncheon the first Wednesday of August from Noon-1:00pm at the First Baptist Church Activity Center in Kearney, MO. Registration is required*.

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