Platte County COVID-19 Advisory Group

Posted on Monday May 04, 2020
View Member Roster, Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Public Comments, and Resources here.
Platte County COVID-19 Advisory Group

At their regular meeting on April 21, 2020, the Platte County Health Department's Board of Trustees authorized the Director, Mary Jo Vernon, to create the Platte County COVID-19 Advisory Group.  The Board recognizes the enormous impact the virus has had on health, wealth, and well-being of Platte County residents and business owners.  The purpose of the group is to advise the Health Board as they navigate the process of adopting a COVID-19 Reopening and Recovery Plan for Platte County, Missouri. 

Members of the Advisory Group met for the first time on Monday, April 27 via video conference.  The Advisory Group includes business owners, emergency managers, elected officials, healthcare providers and workers, ministers, school district representatives, and health department representatives. A roster of Advisory Group Members is included on this page.

Links to meeting agendas and meeting minutes will be posted to this webpage as they become available.  Platte County residents and business owners will be able to email comments and questions to the Advisory Group through a link below.  Email senders will be asked to provide their names and Platte County residence addresses or Platte County business addresses.  A link to the comments and questions received is included below.

Meeting Agendas

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 

Monday, April 27, 2020

Meeting Minutes

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

GoToMeeting Recordings

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Public Comments

Email Comments to the Advisory Group (Must include name and Platte County residence address or Platte County business address)
Your name and comments are a public record and will be viewable through the link below after confirmation of your address.

Public Comments Received

Roster of Advisory Group Members

 1. Dr. Phillis Parker, MD  Platte County Health Department
 2. Dagmar Wood  Platte County Commission
 3. Mary Jo Vernon  Platte County Health Department
 4. Erin Sanders  Platte County Health Department
 5. Dr. Teresa Hills, DDS  Hills Family Dental; Health Board Member
 6. Kathy Wright  The University of Kansas Medical Center (Retired);
 Health Board Member
 7. James Burcalow  Forth Leavenworth; United States Army (Retired)
 8. Jeff Taylor  Riverside Fire Department
 9. Sarah Williams  Pool & Pub
 10. Kat Robnett  Platte County Health Department
 11. Jay Harris  Platte County R3 School District
 12. Tammy Saylor  Park Hill School District
 13. Dr. Josh Colvin  Park Hill School District
 14. Jonathan O'Reilly  The Rock of KC
 15. Rusty Savage  First Baptist Church of Platte City
 16. Dale Brouk  National Golf Club; Parkville Commons Shopping Center
 17. Robert Lock  Parkville Alderman
 18. Steve Hoeger  Platte City Alderman; Truman Medical Center
 19. Scott Monsees  Truman Medical Center
 20. Michael Rose  KCI Expo Center
 21. Harold Rowland  Argosy Casino Riverside
 22. Jen Snider  Witt, Hicklin & Snider, PC
 23. Kent Jackson, DVM   Jackson Animal Clinic; Health Board Member
 24. Jim Baber   Wells Bank

The Orders

Phase 2, Step 2: AMENDED ORDER ended at 11:59 PM on June 15, 2020

Phase 2, Step 3: AMENDED ORDER ended at 11:59 PM on June 30, 2020

Phase 2, Step 4: AMENDED ORDER effective at 12:01 AM on July 1, 2020

The Plan

New on May 29 (Version 0.7) - Reopening Plan for Platte County - Look here to find out what's expected of you and your business.

Compare our Plan to the PRESIDENT's PLAN

Compare our Plan to MISSOURI's PLAN

Guidance for Businesses, Organizations, etc.

All businesses are asked to create a reopening plan. Food establishments must create a reopening plan and submit it to [email protected]. 

Instructions for employees and customers on how to protect themselves from the virus should be posted near customer entry doors. The instructions should include a list of protective measures the business is taking as well.

When reasonably achievable, businesses and event organizers are encouraged to collect names and contact information of all people entering their facilities in the event contact tracing becomes necessary.

The following are excellent examples of safe reopening guidance from industry:

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)

National Restaurant Association

FDA's Food Establishment Checklist

FDA's Food Establishment Best Practices Poster

#SafeReturnKC: A Guide for Responsible Re-entry to the Workplace

Check out these examples of Employers' Back-to-Workplace Guides.

Links to additional guidance for a variety of businesses and organizations can be found in the table below.

Helpful Resources

Posters and Other Tools for Businesses

6 Feet Apart Sign

Now is the time when we must rely on American ingenuity and personal responsibility as we recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic. It is imperative that owners and operators of businesses and institutions develop and follow thorough, responsible plans as we move forward together.  The resources below will be helpful to businesses and institutions in developing their reopening plans.




National Restaurant Association Guidance; National Restaurant Association Poster; FDA



Salon, Spas, and other personal care industries

Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance


New York State Department of Health; OSHA 

Shopping Malls

North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services; OSHA

Gyms/Fitness Centers


Theaters, Museums, and other indoor leisure spaces

California Department of Public Health; Americans for the Arts; American Alliance of Museums

Outdoor Large Venues (concerts, sports)


Indoor Large Venues (concerts, sports)


Childcare facilities (daycare, preschools)


Schools (elementary, middle, and high)


Contact school sports


Noncontact school sports


Summer camps

American Camp Association; Association of Camp Nursing 

Institutions of higher education

CDC; American College Health Association

Residence halls and other overnight programs

New York City Health Department 

Parks, walking paths/ trails, dog parks

Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Rhode Island State Parks;


CDC; Washington State Department of Health 

Playgrounds, skate parks, and other outdoor recreation spaces

Maryland Department of Natural Resources;

Places of worship

CDC; New York City Health Department; New York State Department of Health; WHO Decision Tree; WHO 


Baltimore County Public Library

Retirement and Independent Living Communities


Senior Centers

Pennsylvania Department of Aging; Riverside University Health System

Community Centers

Illinois Department of Public Health 


New York State Department of Health

Taxis, Rideshare (e.g., Lyft, Uber, zTrip, etc.)

Washington State Department of Health; Toronto Public Health 

Sports related mass gatherings: games, tournaments, championships, training

WHO; WHO Decision Tree

Business-related mass gatherings: trade shows, conferences, conventions, workshops, retreats

CDC; WHO Decision Tree 

Entertainment-related mass gatherings: festivals, carnivals, conventions, shows

CDC; WHO Decision Tree

Political mass gatherings: election rallies, polling centers, parades, speeches/addresses

CDC; WHO Decision Tree 

Large social gatherings (weddings, funerals with many attendees)

CDC; National Funeral Directors Association