Atchison County will be subject to a stay-at-home order starting 12:01 a.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, April 25, unless sooner amended, superseded, or rescinded.
The order was made official from Atchison County Emergency Management from a press release Wednesday at about 11 a.m. and follows suit with what has been issued throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
For the most part, these orders have restricted travel away from home except for the purposes of grocery shopping, health care services, emergency services and work that is essential for supporting such activity.
The orders also prohibit large social gatherings unless otherwise ordered by the Public Health Board or by the local health officer. There have been reports that law enforcement officers in the metro are stopping drivers to inquire if they are outside for reasons that are compliant with the order. Atchison County’s order authorizes local law enforcement to enforce compliance.
Large public gatherings are those with more than 10 people in attendance or anticipated to attend, both indoor and outdoor, except for “Essential Businesses.” See Page A5 for a complete definition of what types of business, travel and other activities are considered “essential” or are otherwise exempt from the stay-at-home order.
The orders as implemented have been meant to slow down the spread of pandemic COVID-19 so as to keep emergency and health care services from being overwhelmed with patients at any one time; the virus hospitalizes up to 20 percent of all patients, with a roughly 2 to 4 percent mortality rate, according to the World Health Organization. According to Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, more than 52,000 Americans have been confirmed to have COVID-19.