FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2020
Contact: Marshanna Smith
Jackson County Executive announces formation of COVID-19 Working Group
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. is announcing today that he has formed a COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus) Working Group within the County. This working group will be tasked with planning for the continuity of county government operations.
Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Shaffer and Finance Department Director Bob Crutsinger will serve as co-chairs of the working group. In addition, representatives from each County department, as well as the Legislature, Circuit Court and Sheriff’s Office are participating in the preparedness, response and communication efforts.
“With cases of COVID-19 in Johnson County, Kansas and St. Louis County, we have a responsibility to keep our staff safe, healthy and informed,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. “Our courthouses and facilities provide essential services to our community and it is our goal to keep operations functioning. However, we are aware of the potential health risks associated with this illness and are taking the necessary steps to be prepared.”
“Our goal is to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19,” said Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Shaffer. “The Health Department is anticipating and preparing for cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County. We encourage the public to take precautions and stay informed.”
Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County. The Jackson County Health Department is working closely with its partners across the community and region to monitor this rapidly evolving situation.
The public can stay informed by signing up for digital updates or submitting questions to public health experts in the County by visiting www.jacohd.org.