Cancelations rack up amid COVID-19 concerns

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Cassville Municipal court postponed; libraries, senior centers closed

Numerous closings and cancelations have been announced due to concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The Barry-Lawrence Regional Library System is canceling all programs, storytimes, classes, activities and outreach services through April 4. At that time, officials will reevaluate.

The city of Cassville has canceled Municipal Court for March 16, March 30 and April 6. People should make sure the court clerk has a current address so notice resets can be mailed. People may call city hall at 417-847-4441 to speak with the court clerk for more information.

The Cassville YMCA is closed through March 31.

Mercy Hospitals, based in Springfield, operating hospitals in Aurora and Cassville, announced it would begin screening all visitors for temperature and travel history. The same patient number restrictions were applied as with Cox.

Mercy indicated no one under age 18 would be permitted in the hospitals or clinics. Pre-natal classes were cancelled.

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Cassville will be closed until April 7, per guidance from the President, Governor and Habitat for Humanity International. A determination on reopening will be made after that point.

The Barry County Democrats Mass Meeting scheduled for April 6 at the Barry County Courthouse is canceled. Information on how to serve as a Democratic Delegate is available on the Barry County Democrats’ Facebook page.

The Barry County Republican Club meeting scheduled for March 26 at Steak Inn in Shell Knob has also been canceled.

As of Friday, all senior centers in the SeniorAge coverage area, which includes the Cassville Senior Center and the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob, are be closed to the public during through the end of the month of March. People should call their local center for details about meal pickup and delivery service.

“Prior to March 31st, we will give guidance as to when we will reopen,” a press release said. “The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services set up a hotline (877-435-8411) for possible CoronaVirus reporting. This number prescreens, then arranges tests.”

During the closure, Central Crossing is offering its patrons 60-and-over a drive up service. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., people can pull up under its awning and honk once. One of the staff members will bring one frozen meal to the vehicle. If there is no answer, the driver can call 417-858-6952.

“Thank you for your patience and feel free to call us with any concerns or questions you may have,” a post on the Center’s Facebook page said. “Staff will be on hand to answer calls.”

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George Draper III issued recommendations for the types of court cases that could be rescheduled. Anyone with a court case scheduled between now and April 3 should check scheduling on Casenet or call the county clerk’s office to confirm whether or not specific court sessions would be held.

Federal district court has moved all civil and criminal jury selection until after March 29, as well as all non-emergency criminal and civil hearings. Criminal matters before magistrate judges, such as initial court appearances, arraignments, detention hearing and issuance of warrants, will continue on an ordinary schedule.

Roaring River State Park’s events have been canceled through April 30, including a CCC Lodge ribbon cutting Saturday, the Birding Boot Camp on March 28 and the Earth Day Celebration on April 20. The park, however, remains open for camping, fishing, hiking and all other activities. The Park Store is also open.

Gary Youngblood, Barry County presiding commissioner, said the Barry County Courthouse and Judicial Center will remain open, and cleaning efforts have been heightened.

Dollar General stores is asking patrons to reserve the first hour of business each day for the shopping needs of senior customers.

“Dollar General wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods,” a press release said.

The business is also closing all stores one hour earlier than normal operation hours employees to clean and restock.

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