COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus

By amending Chapter 58 of the Branson Municipal code on March 19, 2020, our Board of Alderman acted quickly and decisively to reduce the threat, or flatten the curve, here in Branson to save as many lives as possible.  Initial assessment of the April 3, 2020, Order from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is in sync with our amended code but we will continue to assess to ensure compliance.

What is COVID-19/Coronoavirus?

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A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.       

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The name of this disease was selected following the World Health Organization (WHO) best practiceexternal icon for naming of new human infectious diseases.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Or at least two of these symptoms:
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell

Prevention

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.   

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

Stay home if you’re sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a cloth facemask

Everyone can do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat by following CDC recommendations:

  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings to avoid spreading COVID-19 to others in case you are infected but do not have symptoms.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are considered critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by CDC.
  • The cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • CDC continues to recommend that people try keep about 6 feet between themselves and others.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.


Virtual Care

If you are sick, virtual care options exist to receive medical treatment without exposing others to illness.

Local Response

Message from Branson Mayor Edd Akers to the Branson Community

City Parks, Trails and Recreation Facilities to Reopen May 5

Board of Aldermen Vote to Reopen Branson

A message from Branson Mayor Edd Akers regarding the reopening of Branson

Board of Aldermen to Hold Special Meeting May 4

City Working on Plan to Safely Reopen

Message from Branson Mayor Edd Akers Regarding COVID-19

Public gathering ordinance remains in effect until May 15, 2020

Mayor Edd Akers: "We will get through this and will be back stronger for our trials"

Essential Business Determination - Golf

Essential Business Determination - Construction

Branson Parks & Recreation to Offer Pick-Up and Delivery for At-Risk Population

Essential Business & Gathering F.A.Q.

Hardware & Pet Stores Deemed Essential Businesses

Entire Ordinance, Restricting Non-Essential Business, as Amended, Here

Board of Aldermen Vote to Restrict All Non-Essential Business

Branson Parks to Close Until Further Notice

F.A.Q. regarding the City’s COVID-19 public gathering restrictions

Branson Board of Aldermen Vote to Restrict Public Gatherings & Limit Occupancy at Businesses

Board of Aldermen Pass Resolution with COVID-19 Community Guidelines

Branson City Hall & Recycle Center Closed to Public Starting Friday

City of Branson Alternative Payment/License Renewal Instructions

Parks & Rec:  Branson RecPlex to Close Until Further Notice

Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting Moved to Thursday Night

Mayor Issues Emergency Proclamation for City of Branson

Tuesday’s Regular Board of Aldermen Meeting Moved to Thursday Night, March 19, 2020, to Address COVID-19 Concerns

City of Branson Taking Action in Response to COVID-19

Upon the Order of the Supreme Court of Missouri, all in-person appearances for the Branson Municipal Court are hereby suspended.

Branson Chamber of Commerce COVID Business Related Closures

Other Agency Resources

U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Taney County Health Department

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include: 

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:
    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
      OR
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants. 
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).

CDC Complete Disinfection Guidance