JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- UPDATE: White released a statement Friday with an amendment to the state of emergency.
The new order calls for no large group events of 250 or more people, which is consistent with CDC guidelines and policies across the U.S.
The order applies to all of eastern Jackson County including Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Grandview, Independence, Lee's Summit, Oak Grove, Raytown, and others.
Additionally, the restriction on large group events refers to "non-essential professional, social and community gatherings where people are not separated by physical space of at least four feet (which is slightly longer than an average arm’s length)."
Previous coverage from Thursday is below.
A state of emergency has been declared in Jackson County, Missouri, due to coronavirus.
This declaration expands the state of emergency that was issued earlier by the city of Kansas City, Missouri.
The executive order declaring the state of emergency applies to all of Jackson County except for KC.
The order calls for no large group events of 1,000 or more people.
Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. said in a statement:
“This fast-moving virus does not know city, county or state lines. It is critical that our response is not limited by such geographical boundaries either. While the health concerns posed by the virus are serious, it is important that our community not panic. We will continue to closely monitor the situation in collaboration with local, regional and national health experts, who will help guide our response to this quickly changing situation.”
Independence also declared a state of emergency on Thursday.
There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Jackson County. You can go to www.jacohd.org for updates.