Editor's Note: The stay-at-home order extension only applies to Kansas City, Missouri. This extension does not apply to the other Core 4 leaders including Johnson County, Jackson County and Wyandotte County, which an earlier version of this story stated. Those additional leaders have not decided to extend the stay-at-home order.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- A stay-at-home order for Kansas City has been extended until May 15.
The order started March 24 and was originally set to expire next Friday.
Now, we have another month of staying home.
The same rules still apply. People need to stay home unless they’re working an essential job, getting supplies or medical care or exercising. You need to maintain social distance and have no gatherings of more than 10 people.
The extension for Kansas City come after regional public health officers and directors in the nine-county Kansas City metropolitan area issued a recommendation to extend local stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The recommendation is based on estimates of the anticipated peak of infection in the Kansas City metro at the end of April, the need to have infrastructure and staff in place to monitor new cases as they arise thereafter, and the importance of a joint policy to prevent increasing the spread the virus between different counties and municipalities in the metro.
“It’s important that we look at the data on the virus and react accordingly,” said Dr. Rex Archer, director of the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department. “We believe this timeline is what is best for the region to keep people safe.”
The peak infection date in the metropolitan area may vary from statewide peaks in Kansas and Missouri, health officials say.
“It’s very important that residents continue to comply with the stay-at-home orders,” said Dr. Allen Greiner, chief medical officer for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas. “We see that staying home is working and we hope to gradually ease restrictions as soon as it’s safe.”
"We recognize our metro residents are making tremendous sacrifices and are concerned about their jobs, their businesses and their families,” said Dr. Joseph LeMaster, public health officer for Johnson County, Kansas. “We are constantly looking at data to determine how we balance public health with economic concerns."
If you have questions, call your local health department.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is keeping her shelter-in-place directive active for all 2.9 million Kansas residents until May 3, an additional two weeks.