City of Independence, Missouri

Mayor Weir marks two years of COVID-19, ends City’s State of Emergency

As the globe marks the two-year anniversary of COVID-19, Mayor Weir is announcing the end of the City of Independence State of Emergency. She originally declared the State of Emergency on Thursday, March 12, 2020.   


“The State of Emergency was a vital tool our staff utilized over the last two years but as we begin to transition to an endemic response to COVID-19 later this year, it is time to close this chapter of our City’s story,” Mayor Weir said. “In the last two years we have lost more than 300 neighbors, friends, and family members here in Independence. We cannot forget all those that have been directly impacted by this virus and those that continue to battle the long-term impacts both physically and financially.” 


The City has a 9.73 percent two-week positivity rate, down from the January 2022 peak of more than 42 percent. The Independence Health Department continues to provide COVID-19 vaccine clinics but vaccines are widely available for anyone five and older throughout the country at this time 


“The State of Emergency is a tool we utilize as part of an incident to receive federal reimbursement for expenses, expedite purchases for necessary equipment and materials, and support the work of our ongoing emergency response,” Fire Chief and COVID Command Team lead Doug Short said. “There will be continued cost associated with COVID-19 to our City, but we no longer have to move as quickly as we did in the early days. We will be utilizing lessons learned from this pandemic to prepare for the future.”