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City of Sikeston COVID-19 Response

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City of Sikeston COVID-19 Response

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City of Sikeston COVID-19 Response

UPDATED 03/24/20
All of the following actions and policies are subject to change based on current medical advice from government authorities. 

The City of Sikeston continues to monitor authoritative sources for Coronavirus, or COVID-19, information. The City encourages residents with questions about COVID-19 to rely on trusted primary sources for accurate, up to date guidance, such as the Centers for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (https://health.mo.gov/). MDHSS has activated a 24 hour statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19, which can be reached at (877) 435-8411. 

At this time the City has taken the following steps to respond to COVID-19 and current CDC guidance on disease prevention:

  • Effective March 18, 2020, all indoor City facilities are closed to the public through at least April 3, 2020, including City Hall, the Clinton Building, fire stations, P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter, and DPS Headquarters. DPS Headquarters will remain open to the public for normal law enforcement related activities, but public tours and educational visits will be suspended. The airport terminal will remain open to pilots and air passengers.
  • City employees at these facilities will continue to report to duty unless they are sick or on leave.
  • Public contact with the City will need to occur via phone, email, fax, mail or other means that minimize person-to-person contact.
  • A drop box for applications and payments (including court payments) will be available in the vestibule of City Hall.
  • All City Council meetings and advisory board meetings through April 3, 2020, are hereby canceled. Decisions regarding rescheduling and electronic/phone participation in public meetings will be announced by April 3. 
  • Municipal Court operations are suspended through at least April 3 (see “Municipal Court”  section below for more information).
  • Several Parks & Recreation activities have been rescheduled or canceled (see “Sikeston Parks and Recreation” Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SikestonParks/ for the latest information).
  • The Department of Public Safety has implemented several new protocols to minimize potential exposure for the public and for officers (see “Department of Public Safety” section below for more information). 
  • To maintain space in the animal shelter, and to minimize contact for staff and the public, animal control calls to PAWS and DPS need to be limited to EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY (see “Animal Control” section below for more information).
  • In many cases permit applications can be found online and submitted by mail, payments can be made online or by phone, and questions can be answered without any unnecessary person-to-person contact. Information can be found at the following locations: 

Municipal Court operations are suspended through at least April 3:

  • The Supreme Court of Missouri has suspended all in-person proceedings in municipal division court, subject to certain exceptions.  The suspension will last from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020, and may be extended by order of this Court as circumstances may warrant.  
  • The Sikeston Municipal Court is urging all defendants with citations with a court date of March 26th thru April 9th to contact the court to see if their citation is payable. The court office phone number is (573) 475-3705. Business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.    The Municipal Court website is located on www.sikeston.org under the “Departments” tab to pay online. During this suspension, please feel free to contact our office. 
  • Trials for March 26th have been postponed indefinitely.  

Department of Public Safety:

  • In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Sikeston Police Department is modifying police officer responses to calls for police services. If non-emergency police services are requested the department will assign an officer to obtain the information for the police report over the telephone instead of providing a physical response by a police officer. These criteria applies to crimes that previously occurred, where a suspect is no longer present and there is no imminent threat to personal safety.
  • The public is encouraged to avoid travelling to the Police Department and instead to report incidents by telephone. The Police Department can be reached at 573-471-6200 for non-emergency assistance and 911 remains available for all emergency calls. Officers will still respond to all calls where there is a crime in progress and when life is in danger. Callers are encouraged to inform 911 operators if they believe they or someone at the scene of the incident is experiencing flu or COVID-19 symptoms so that officers can take appropriate precautions when responding.
  • The police department is also suspending non-criminal fingerprinting services.
  • We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. These steps are necessary for the health and safety of the Police Department staff and all citizens in need of police services. 

Animal Control/PAWS Animal Shelter:

  • Like many animal shelters across the country, the PAWS (Pet and Animal Welfare Services) Shelter is currently closed to the public. All employees of the shelter are engaged in animal care activities throughout the COVID-19 related restrictions.
  • In accordance with NACA (National Animal Care and Control Association) recommendations (https://www.nacanet.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NACA-Statement-on-Animal-Control-Functions.pdf) and in order to maintain shelter capacity for true emergency situations, Sikeston PAWS asks for public assistance in the following ways:
  • Animal control calls to PAWS and DPS need to be limited to EMERGENCY CALLS ONLY. Please refrain from calls that address at-large (dogs running loose), animal trapping, nuisance barking and owner surrender.
  • For the purpose of this message, emergencies will include, but not be limited to: Dog Bites, Animal Cruelty or Neglect Situations, Severely Injured animals, and Law Enforcement Officer assistance.