The Historic Courthouse is now open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, using social distancing and health guidelines. Entry is through the south and north doors (handicapped/elevator entry). It is still preferable to do as much of your business online or by telephone as possible. Some individual offices may have limited hours or access.
You may contact the following offices at these numbers:

HEALTH DEPT. - Call 466-2201 or visit web site.

 

COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE - Call 466-2638 or visit web site.

COLLECTOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2410 or visit web site.

RECORDER'S OFFICE - 466-2670 or visit web site.

ASSESSOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2831 or visit web site.

COUNTY COMMISSION - Call or leave message at 466-3666.

MT. VERNON LICENSE OFFICE - Call 466-4087,

UNIVERSITY EXTENSION OFFICE - Call 466-3102.

TREASURER'S OFFICE - Call 466-2662 or e-mail lawrencecountytreasurer@yahoo.com.

PROSECUTOR'S OFFICE - Call 466-2846.

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County news

County's COVID positives at 43, with 21 of those recovered

 

(Lawrence County Health Department, July 2, 2020) The Lawrence County Health Department is announcing 3 new cases. All cases are isolating at home and their household members are under quarantine. Direct contacts with other positive cases could not be determined with 2 of the cases so community exposure is likely. One case is another linked to the Bentonview Park Health and Rehab in Monett where they have already had cases. There are no locations to report that would put the public at risk. We currently stand at 43 total cases (21 active, 21 recovered, and 1 death). Full news release.

Three more positives in Lawrence County brings total to 40

 

(Lawrence County Health Department, July 1, 2020) We are now up to 40 cases. We would ask that everyone please wear a mask in public places unless you are not medically able to or a young child under the age of 2. We cannot emphasize this enough. In order to keep our county "open" it is imperative we all help each other stay healthy.  I Protect You,You Protect Me. 

http://www.lawrencecohealth.com/…/7-1-20-COVID-Press-Relea…/

First death related to COVID-19 in Lawrence County

 

(Lawrence County Health Department, June 29, 2020) We are truly saddened to report the first death related to COVID-19 in Lawrence County. We are also announcing 4 new cases. The McCallister's location was on Primrose in Springfield. Detailed news release.

Four added to count of positives in Lawrence County

 

(Lawrence County Health Department, June 26, 2020) The Lawrence County Health Department is announcing 4 new cases of COVID-19. Lawrence County now has a total of 31 cases (8 of those are recovered, 23 are currently active).

We have made a decision to only post itineraries of positive cases if it poses significant risk to the community. You will be contacted directly if you have been identified as someone who has been in close contact with any positive cases during their infectious period.

One of our new cases is an employee at Play Power in Monett, MO. We have been working closely with Play Power to determine which employees were most at risk from working near this individual. All of those employees have been told to self-quarantine at home for 14 days from last exposure. Play Power has shut down a large area of the plant (30,000 sq. ft.) until Monday and will deep cleaning and disinfect all common areas. They are taking the situation very seriously and have been extremely cooperative. We will continue to follow up with the positive case and all close contacts during their time of isolation and quarantine.

Two of the new cases are direct contacts of active cases and one is still under investigation.

As cases continue to rise in Lawrence County and surrounding counties it is vital to continue taking precautions:

When out in public, understand that anyone you are around could potentially be carrying the virus. People are also infectious 48 hours before showing symptoms (unless asymptomatic). Therefore, we strongly recommend wearing a mask. Think of it as “I protect you, you protect me”’. Yes, masks are not 100% effective, but it sure beats no protection at all.

  • Wear a mask or face covering in public

  • void large crowds and gatherings

  • Keep 6ft of distance between you and others (even when masked)

  • Stay home when sick

  • Wash hand frequently, don’t touch your face, and clean frequently touched surfaces often

    Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

    Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. If symptoms develop, contact your health care provider. Visit our website at www.lawrencecohealth.com for more information about COVID-19 and testing.

 

Nine additional cases reported June 25

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., June 25, 2020) The Lawrence County Health Department is announcing 9 new cases of COVID-19. Lawrence County now has a total of 27 cases (7 of those are recovered, 20 are currently active).

Positive cases have been told to self- isolate at home. Close contacts have been or are in the process of being notified and the health department will continue to monitor these individuals and provide instruction.      

Many of the positive cases only traveled between home to work before diagnoses and it was determined some cases visited the following locations while possibly infectious:

June 12th, 13th, and 14thth – Rapid Roberts in Monett, MO (near DQ) in the afternoon (no mask)

June 18th – Dollar General in Purdy, MO around 6:00 p.m. (no mask)

June 19th – Walmart in Monett, MO 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. (no mask)

June 19th – Lowes in Monett, MO 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. (no mask)

If you were at these locations during these dates and times there is no need to self-quarantine unless any of these symptoms develop: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. If symptoms do develop, contact your health care provider.

As cases continue to rise in Lawrence County and surrounding counties please continue to take the following precautions:

  • Wear a mask or face covering in public (this helps protect others from YOU if you are “pre-symptomatic”)

  • Avoid large crowds and gatherings

  • Keep 6ft of distance between you and others

  • Stay home when sick

  • Wash hand frequently, don’t touch your face, and clean frequently touched surfaces often

 

Visit our website at www.lawrencecohealth.com for more information about COVID-19 and testing.

COVID-19 count at 18: 7 of those resolved, 11 current

  

(Lawrence County Health Dept., June 22, 2020) The Lawrence County Health Department is reporting 8 new cases of COVID-19. This brings our total to 18 cases (7 resolved and 11 active). Three cases were acquired from workplaces with a current outbreak. Four are still under investigation to determine the origin. And one is a family member of a positive case. The Lawrence County Health Department is working diligently to notify all close contacts.

We want the public to remember that COVID is still actively circulating and our county is not immune. Most people who get COVID-19 will only have mild symptoms; however, there are some members of our community who are at a higher risk of getting very sick. We must each do our part to protect them, ourselves, our loved ones and the rest of our community by practicing the following:

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay at home as much as possible.

  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

 

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website at bit.ly/about-COVID or call the Missouri COVID-19 public information hotline at 1-877-435-8411.

Three active, seven resolved COVID-19 cases now in county

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., June 18, 2020) The Lawrence County Health Department is reporting 2 new cases of COVID-19. This brings our total to 10 cases (7 resolved and 3 active). One case is an additional exposure at a work place in Jasper County. The case has not travelled any place besides home and work during the infectious period so the public is not considered to be at risk. Case 2 has already been in quarantine related to travel in another part of the state and being a close contact of a positive case. The second case does not report any public exposure during the infectious period. All of the cases and their families/close contacts are quarantined at this time and will be monitored daily by the Lawrence County Health Department.


We want the public to remember that COVID is still actively circulating and our county is not immune. Most people who get COVID-19 will only have mild symptoms; however, there are some members of our community who are at a higher risk of getting very sick. We must each do our part to protect them, ourselves, our loved ones and the rest of our community by practicing the following:

• Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay at home as much as possible.
• Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
• Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website at bit.ly/about-COVID or call the Missouri COVID-19 public information hotline at 1-877-435-8411.

Lawrence countian working in Jasper County tests positive

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., June 16, 2020)

The Lawrence County Health Department is reporting 1 (one) new case of COVID-19.  This case is a result of an exposure at a work place in Jasper County.  The case has not travelled any  place besides home and work during the infectious period so the public is not considered to be at risk.

We want the public to remember that COVID is still actively circulating and our county is not immune. Most people who get COVID-19 will only have mild symptoms; however, there are some members of our community who are at a higher risk of getting very sick. We must each do our part to protect them, ourselves, our loved ones and the rest of our community by practicing the following:

  • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay at home as much as possible.

  • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

 

For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website at bit.ly/about-COVID or call the Missouri COVID-19 public information hotline at 1-877-435-8411.

Lawrence County fully reopens with State of Mo. June 16

 

The Governor announced starting Tuesday, June 16th the state will fully reopen. With that being said, Lawrence County will not be issuing any stricter guidance.

 

However, we want to make it very clear that we are not completely out of the woods. The virus is still circulating and as you may have noticed there has been an uptick in cases in some surrounding counties.

 

Since there is better access to testing and quicker turnaround for results it makes contract tracing more efficient. It allows disease investigators to quickly make contact with those who have increased risk to infection and stop potential spread.

Some people get very sick from contracting the virus and some don't. So, it is still so very important to continue taking all the precautions listed in the graphic so we can reduce sickness and death and avoid a large enough spike in cases that would put stress on our hospitals, where the sickest would go for life saving treatment.

PLEASE stay home if you don't feel well and by all means seek testing if you suspect you have the virus. Symptoms to look for are:

Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

To be referred for testing, call your primary care doctor, the Barry County Health Department (417) 847-2114, or utilize the CoxHealth or Mercy virtual visits. Links to virtual visits can be found here http://www.lawrencecohealth.com/coronavirus/

All 7 of county's Covid-19 cases now considered recovered

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., June 2, 2020) The Lawrence County Health Department is pleased to announce that all seven cases of Covid-19 in the county are considered recovered (recovery is measured by two negative tests at least 24 hours apart after 14 days of isolation and no symptoms). We would also like to note that further testing of staff and residents at the facility produced no additional positive cases.

Although all seven cases have recovered, it is important to note that the number of cases for our county will still remain at seven. In order to keep track of overall positive cases, recovered cases are not subtracted from the original number.

We would like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of staying vigilant with prevention efforts such as hand washing, social distancing, wearing a mask in settings where social distancing cannot be practiced and the avoidance of large gatherings where prevention efforts are not being adhered to. Coronavirus has proven over and over to be a disease that knows no boundaries; it is still actively circulating and can cause serious illness in even the healthiest of individuals.

Applications accepted from public entities, nonprofits
in county's first round of Coronavirus Relief Fund distributions

 

(Lawrence County Commission, June 1, 2020) Lawrence County will be focusing on immediate public health needs in the first round of spending from $4.49 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds allocated to the county. The money is earmarked by the U.S. Department of Treasury for “necessary costs” associated with the Coronavirus outbreak.

County commissioners have been working with their attorney to set up a system to ensure the “highest and best use” of the one-time emergency funds through direct spending, reimbursements and grants.  Making sure all the i’s are dotted and t’s crossed is imperative since funds spent incorrectly must be refunded to the Federal government.

The commission is rolling out the first phase this week, offering reimbursements for immediate COVID-related expenses of cities, school districts and other public entities, as well as nonprofits. The second phase is expected to include grants for projects tied to the health emergency.  

Application forms are can be downloaded here. They also are available at the county clerk’s office at the Historic Courthouse and by mail (1 Courthouse Square, Suite 101, Mt. Vernon, MO 65712).

Deadline is June 26 for Phase 1 applications and supporting documentation. Phase 1 awards will be announced on or before July 31.

Funds cannot be used for revenue replacement; expenses that were budgeted; or those that do not fit the criteria. They must be for expenses incurred March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020.

More information is available on the application form and the background below. (Form revised 6-4-20 to fix a glitch.) Guidance from the U.S. Department of Treasury can be found at the Missouri State Treasurer's COVID resource page. Questions can be directed to the county commission at 466-3666.

Background and details:

On March 27th, 2020, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”).  The CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund and appropriated $150 billion to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.  Under the CARES Act, the funds are to be used to make payments for specified uses based on the requirements of the CARES Act requirements and United States Department of Treasury guidance.  Generally, the CARES Act provides that payments may only be used to cover costs that: (1) are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to COVID-19; (2) were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 for the government; and (3) were incurred during the period that begins on March 1, 2020 and ends on December 30, 2020.

Expenditures must be used for actions taken to respond to the public health emergency.  Funds may not be used to fill shortfalls in government revenue to cover expenditures that would not otherwise qualify under the CARES Act.  Expenditures using CARES Act fund payments must be reasonably necessary.  For further information, please refer to the guidance issued by Treasury on April 22, 2020, and May 4, 2020.

On April 28, 2020, Lawrence County received information and guidance from the office of the Missouri State Treasurer regarding the distribution of CARES Act funds from the State of Missouri to Lawrence County.  After approving and returning a certification for payment to the State of Missouri, on May 6 Lawrence County received $4,999,807.

Process - Over the course of the past three weeks, Lawrence County has reviewed the requirements of the CARES Act and the guidance issued by the Department of Treasury and has been working to identify community priorities and develop an application process to allow applicants to request CARES Act funds and make award decisions for the use of funds.

Application - The County is making an application available to request CARES Act funds.  Initially, for the first round of funding, local governments and non-profits will be eligible to submit an application. Applications for the first round of funding must be based on requests for reimbursement of eligible expenses or costs already incurred during the period March 1 through May 31, 2020 and must satisfy the requirements of the CARES Act and Treasury guidance.  Applicants will be required to submit sufficient supporting documentation such as invoices, receipts, and proof of payment.

Applications for the first round of funding are due no later than Friday, June 26, 2020.  The County will then review and evaluate the applications for completeness (including supporting documentation), compliance with the CARES Act requirements and Treasury guidance, and anticipates making award decisions no later than July 31.

 

Award recipients will be required to enter into a written agreement with the County prior to disbursement of awarded funds.

The application is available at the County Clerk’s office, County Commission office and County website.  Questions regarding the application process may be directed to the Lawrence County Commission, 417-466-3666.

Depending upon the number of applications received and amount of funds awarded in the first round of funding, the County anticipates potential additional rounds of funding.

 

Virus is still circulating, so use caution as we reopen

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., May 4, 2020)  As today is the first day of "re-opening" PLEASE REMEMBER:

• The coronavirus is STILL circulating, it isn’t gone.

• Even though business/restaurants are back in business does NOT mean life is completely back to normal. Certain guidelines still have to be followed by businesses and patrons to minimize risk and spread.

• It is YOUR responsibility to continue social distancing (6ft) and to avoid or leave gatherings or situations in which social distancing and precautions are not being followed.

• Continue to practice good hygiene, including:

o Washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces;
o Avoiding touching your face;
o Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and
o Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

• Minimize travel to the extent possible.

What about Masks?

A key transmission route of COVID-19 is via droplets that fly out of our mouths—that includes when we speak, not just when we cough or sneeze. Therefore, wearing a mask when out in public, especially when social distancing is difficult, can help protect others from YOU, the wearer. Only put on and remove the mask with the ear loops. Never touch the front of the mask.

If we can ALL do our part to do things the safe and correct way, we will be able to continue to make progress in fighting this virus and work towards getting back to “normal” again.

Six more positive tests in same long term care facility in county

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept. news release, May 7, 2020)  The Lawrence County Health Department is announcing 6 additional laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The six individuals who tested positive are residents of the same long term care facility as the first case. All residents at the facility have been tested and three of those results are still pending. In addition, all staff at the facility are undergoing testing, and results are pending. The Lawrence County Health Department has been working closely with the facility administrator and will be monitoring the positive cases and their close contacts.

Lawrence County Health Department is mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to protect health information about cases that arise in our county. Information we are allowed to release is very limited.

The Health Department urges anyone who develops a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, headache, or muscle pain to stay home and CALL your heath care provider, or use CoxHealth or Mercy virtual visits to get referred for testing. Links to virtual visits can be found on our website www.lawrencecohealthcom

County has first lab-confirmed COVID-19 case

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept. news release, May 2, 2020)  The Lawrence County Health Department is announcing Lawrence County’s first laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19.

The individual who tested positive is a resident of a long term care facility and was not exhibiting COVID 19 specific symptoms at the time of testing. The facility is taking necessary measures to control the virus including testing and isolation. Close contacts have been notified.

 

The Lawrence County Health Department will be monitoring the positive case and their close contacts.

The Lawrence County Health Department is mandated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to protect health information about cases that arise in our county. Information we are allowed to release is very limited.

County following Governor's Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan

 

(Lawrence County Health Dept., April 29, 2020) The Lawrence County Commission and Lawrence County Health Department have made the joint decision to follow the Governors Show-Me Strong Recovery Plan starting May 4th. Phase I of the plan will remain in effect until May 31, 2020 unless extended further.

The details of the state’s plan can be found at https://showmestrong.mo.gov/ or on the health department’s website www.lawrencecohealth.com.

The Show Me Strong Recovery Plan requires citizens to maintain six feet of social distancing space in most cases. There are certain situations that require additional procedures to protect businesses, communities, and citizens. Refer to the Health Order for more details.

Citizens who feel sick should stay home!

Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate physical distancing (receptions, trade shows, etc.).

When in public (parks, outdoor recreation spaces, shopping malls, etc.), individuals should maximize physical distance from others.

Continue to practice good hygiene, including:

• Washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces;
• Avoiding touching your face;
• Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow; and
• Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

Minimize travel to the extent possible.

Elderly or otherwise vulnerable populations should take enhanced precautionary measures to mitigate the risks of contracting COVID-19.

Individuals may go to and from a place of worship, provided that limitations on social distancing are properly adhered to.

The health department will reach out to provide guidance to as many restaurants, bars, retail establishments, grocery stores, conveniences stores, hair salons, barber shops, parks, etc. as possible.

Citizens will also need to make informed, personal choices about whether to participate in activities such as organized recreation (including sports teams), to shop, worship, etc.

You are welcome to call our office with questions at 417-466-2201, but please read through the entire detailed plan as well as the “frequently asked questions” to see if your questions can be answered there.

Keep in mind, this is the plan that Lawrence County chooses to adopt. Surrounding counties may choose to add stricter guidelines so be cautious when traveling.

175th celebration to be rescheduled

 

Lawrence County's 175th celebration event will be rescheduled. It was originally set April 9.

Road, bridge sales tax up for retention in June 2 election

 

The longstanding road and bridge sales tax in Lawrence County will be up for renewal on the June 2, 2020, ballot. Voters first approved the sales tax in 1984, and have voted in favor of renewing it each of the five times it has come up for renewal. This time it will be presented without an expiration date. The sales tax supports the 15 road districts in the county.

County clerk outlines 2020 election information

Lawrence County Clerk Tammy Riebe has announced election information for 2020:

  • PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY - MARCH 10

Register to vote before Feb. 12. Absentee voting: Jan. 28-March 9.

  • GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION - April 7 (Rescheduled to June 2)

Register to vote before March 11. New deadlines for absentee voting: By mail until March 27; in person until June 1. Request absentee ballot.

  • PRIMARY ELECTION - AUG. 4

Register to vote before July 8. Absentee voting June 23-Aug. 3

  • PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION - Nov. 3

Register to vote before Oct. 7. Absentee voting Sept. 22-Nov. 2

Roof replacement

Re-roofing of the Historic Courthouse due to hail damage.