City of Independence, Missouri

Preparing for COVID-19

coronavirus depictionOn March 12, 2020, Mayor Eileen Weir declared a State of Emergency in the City of Independence. City Code 11.12.004 grants the Mayor emergency powers to promulgate emergency regulations deemed necessary to protect life and property. This was affirmed by the City Council on Friday, March 13, when the Council approved the declaration of a State of Emergency.

The City is continuing to work with our regional, state and federal partners to ensure that we are respond accordingly to the spread of this disease. In the meantime, citizens and staff are encouraged to take all steps possible to keep themselves healthy, including regular handwashing, cleaning surfaces that come into contact with your hands, coughing/sneezing into your elbow, wearing a cloth mask in public and staying home when you are sick.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. At 8 a.m. today, the hotline opened and can be reached at (877) 435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Questions about COVID-19, City resources and ongoing changes in our area - call (816) 325-7033. 

The Jackson County Health Department now has zip code information for the number of cases in our area here

You can find information on the Jackson County Recovering Plan and phased reopening for gatherings, businesses, etc. here

You can find an overview of the City of Independence phased reopening for City facilities and services here



Press Conference 3/13/20

Emergency Declaration


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The information below is provided by the CDC and will be updated automatically as new details are available.