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City of Sarcoxie’s COVID-19 Response and Guidance

"Health Department Provides Masks To City - Sarcoxie and area residents having a tough time finding appropriate masks to wear to businesses requiring them, or for their own and others' safety, got a boost from the Jasper County Health Department recently when the the department delivered 1,500 reusable, washable masks to City Hall..." - July 29th 2020 publication of The Sarcoxie Record.

COVID-19 Quick Links

Previous Updates

June 28, 2020 ― As of the date of this release, the City was just advised of a city employee who tested positive for COVID-19.  We are very glad to say the employee is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery.  At this time, we do not believe this employee came in to contact with any members of the public but there were interactions with fellow staff members.  As a result of this exposure, the City has conducted a thorough deep cleaning of the employee’s work area and will be implementing additional precautionary measures for the foreseeable future.

The City is instituting the following measures at City Hall:

  • Start of shift employee health screening.

  • Employees will be required to wear masks in public work areas and in areas where 6 feet of separation cannot be maintained.

  • Continuing with previously instituted guidelines that pertain to work zones, enhanced cleaning, social distancing, the obligation to restrict access to patrons who show obvious signs of being sick.

As COVID-19 makes its rounds across our country, we knew it was just a matter of time before it came to Sarcoxie.  We are going to work through this and do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our staff and residents.

We highly suggest you follow current social distancing guidelines and stay informed of other precautionary measures as provided by State and Federal authorities.  Everyone please stay safe and healthy!

MAY 10, 2020: With the relaxing of State mandates over the coronavirus, this will likely be the last update we add to our website under the corona virus banner.  That can change if conditions or State orders dictate.


In line with State guidance, the City reopened the community building, library, and license office last Monday.  There are still some restriction based on social distancing guidance but we are finally back open.


As we all try to return to some degree of normalcy,  we hope everyone will continue to support our local businesses.  Most importantly, please continue to social distance and use common sense as we resume our lives.  This virus situation is far from over.


Please message if you have questions or call City Hall during normal business hours.  And again, we will get through this!

APRIL 4, 2020: Given Governor’s Parson’s order that goes in to effect at 12:01 am Monday April, 6, we wanted to provide updated information on how this will effect Sarcoxie.

  1. Parks and outdoor public areas will continue to stay open.  In fact, being outdoors is actually a great activity.  Even outdoors, it is vitally important that persons follow social distancing rules.

  2. The closure of the Library, Community Building and License Office will be extended to May 1 unless conditions warrant shortening or extending.

  3. The prohibition against public meetings by the City will be extended to April 20.

  4. City Hall will continue to be open but will continue to limit the number of customers in the building.

  5. According to the State order, retail stores that qualify as essential and are open are expected to restrict the number of customers allowed in the store at any given time.  Basically it is 1 person for every 30 square feet of store and does not include staff.  Please be patient as our local stores do everything in their power to provide services and goods to us.

  6. Our Police and Fire personnel are there to protect and help us when we need them.  Because they are so important to all of us, we have to protect them to ensure they are there when we all need them.  To that end leadership of the police and fire departments are instituting measures to reduce personnel responding to medical calls.  If one or two responders can take care of your emergency, that is all that will be sent.  Rest assured there are more on standby to assist if needed.  At the same time, if an ambulance is being sent and the emergency isn’t immediately dangerous to life, medical responders may standby until the ambulance arrives.  Please monitor official Sarcoxie Police and Sarcoxie Fire Facebook pages for more info on this.

  7. Police and Fire personnel responding to your call may also have extra personnel protective equipment (PPE) on like gloves and masks.  Please don’t be alarmed!  That is for your protection as well as theirs.  Your first responders have families to go home to and they have likely taken the same precautions at previous calls.  These precautions help protect everyone.

We will keep updating as this situation changes.  Please message if you have questions or call City Hall during normal business hours.  We will get through this!  Stay safe!

MARCH 27, 2020:  As the City continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, we have found it necessary to take additional safeguards to protect our citizens and staff.


  1. The closure of the community building will be extended to April 13th.

  2. The prohibition against public meetings by the City will also be extended to April 13th.

  3. The library will be closed until April 13th.  Wi-Fi access will still be provided during normal hours.

  4. The license office will be closed until April 13th.

  5. City Hall will continue to be open but will continue to limit the number of customers in the building at once. 


We ask all residents to follow State and federal guidance to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

MARCH 21, 2020: The City of Sarcoxie, Missouri continues to actively monitor the situation regarding the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). While there are no confirmed cases in Sarcoxie, we encourage citizens and community members to take precautions, stay up to date on the latest information regarding the outbreak, and follow recommendations regarding travel to infected areas.

At this time, all government operations including the Police, Fire, City hall, the License Office and Library continue to operate.  We have implemented some restrictions at City Hall and the Library to improve “social distancing”.  We are also cancelling access to the Gene Taylor Community Building through April 6, 2020. 


We will provide future updates on city operations as needed.


Please stay tuned to your favorite informational sources for the latest from state and federal sources for COVID-19.


More Info

The most important thing for you to do now is follow the CDC’s preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home for at least 24 hours when sick unless seeking medical attention.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces, handles, and frequently used objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • If using a facemask…

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services


Additional resources below are available to prepare or respond to COVID-19:

  • The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University:

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