COVID-19

Event Cancellations and Postponements/Service Changes

• SMDH Family Medicine Clinic has announced temporary hours due to the current COVID-19 guidelines. SMDH Family Medicine will be adjusting clinic hours effective Monday, March 30, 2020. Clinic hours will be as follows: Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 573-729-8000. We will continue to offer same day appointments and re-evaluate as guidelines change.

• The Dent County License Office will be closed from April 6-17.

• Veteran Affairs Day scheduled for April 24 has been indefinitely postponed,  based on federal guidelines regarding COVID-19.  The event will be rescheduled after more information is available in the upcoming month(s).

• Crossroads Inn and Suites announced it will be temporarily closed during the COVID-19 crisis. No reopening date has been announced. 

• After consideration and discussion the board of directors for Dent County Fire will not meet for the regular April monthly meeting.  The meeting has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If you need any further information you may call Dave Wells 729-2703 or Brad Nash 729-3250.

• MRPC board, TAC April 9 cancelled. Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) Board of Directors and the MRPC Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) will not meet April 9. The board meets monthly, except for July, on the second Thursday of each month. At this time, the next MRPC board meeting will be Thursday, May 14 and the TAC will reconvene before the June 11 board meeting. The offices of MRPC and the Phelps County PHA are closed to the public, however, staff continues to work both in-house and remotely. 

• The City of Salem is closing all restrooms, playgrounds, and pavilions at city parks in the area. While parks will remain open, the public should adhere to the 6-ft. personal space guideline between non-family members.

This declaration will remain in place for 60 days, or until the Board of Aldermen takes other action, whichever comes first, said Parks and Recreation Director Melissa DuBois.

• Flat Nasty Off Road Park has cancelled its RECON G-6 Trail Competition on March 27.  

• The Red Barn BBQ will be temporarily closed until the order to ban dine-in eating is lifted.

• Montauk Resort (including retails, restaurant, and lodging are closed until further notice (started March 23). As of now, trout tags and fishing are still available.

• Salem Public Library will be closed, with plans to reopen at 10 a.m. Monday, April 6.

• Several restaurants have reported closing dine-in options, call individual businesses to confirm hours, as things change daily.

• Bank of Salem, Town & Country Bank, Progressive Ozark Bank, and Riverways Federal Credit Union will close the lobby of each bank, starting Monday morning (March 23). Drive-thru service is still available, and appointments can be made for loan and other services.

• Riverways Pregnancy & Family Resource Center Annual Banquet for Life has been postponed, looking to reschedule in the fall.

• Salem Rotary Club meetings are cancelled until further notice. At this point, we will probably take it in two-week increments, said a notice. 

• Dent County Sheriff's Office: Effective Thursday March 19, 2020; In support of the worldwide effort to aggressively prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting social contact, the Dent County Sheriff’s Office is taking the following actions:

• All CCW and/or CCW renewals are being suspended until further notice.

• All Jail Visitation will be suspended until further notice.

• All court and probation ordered shock time orders will be suspended until further notice.

• All non-emergency issues should be handled over phone instead of in person.

• We ask that all commissary deposits for the inmate’s be done over the telephone or online instead of in office. If you need the inmate number, please call the office. (accesscorrections or calling 866.345.1884)

Until further notice, we ask that the following persons not enter the Dent County Sheriff’s Office:

• Persons who have traveled to any foreign county within the last 14 days;

• Persons who reside or have had close contact with someone who has traveled to any foreign county within the last 14 days;

• Persons who have been asked to self-quarantine by any doctor, hospital or health agency;

• Persons who have been diagnosed with, or have had contact with, anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; and

• Persons with unexplained fever, cough or shortness of breath.

All essential staff will remain in place to continue to respond to all calls and handle all issues. The Dent County Sheriff’s Office will continue to provide all basic services and keep the public apprised of any information concerning COVID-19.

• Walmart is trimming its hours due to the coronavirus.

Beginning Thursday, stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. local time. 

From March 24 through April 28, Walmart's 5,000-plus U.S. stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers 60 and older, which will start one hour before stores open.

In addition to limits on paper products, stores will have limits on milk, eggs, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, water, diapers, wipes, formula and baby food, said Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Walmart U.S.

• Meramec Music Theatre show changes: March 21 - Petra Reunited - Postponed TBD; March 28 - The Hoppers - Date changed to August 7, 2020; April 24 - I Am They - Postponed TBD; April 25 - Legacy Five - Date changed to May 30, 2020; April 30 - David Phelps, A Night of Worship - Postponed TBD.

• Dent County Republicans' Lincoln Day has been cancelled, according to the committee. 

• On March 17, Dent County Sheriff's Office announced, starting immediately until April 10, all inmate visitation has been canceled due to Covid-19. Also all individuals who are scheduled to complete court or probation ordered shock time has been postponed until further notice.

• Salem R-80 Schools will dismiss after instruction today (Tuesday), with an expected return date of April 6. This closure also applies to all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and practices.

• All Black River League schools will be closed through April 6.

Black River League schools include Bunker School District, Centerville School District, Clearwater School District, East Carter School District, Lesterville School District, South Iron School District and Southern Reynolds County School District.

• School closures have been announced for various districts including Rolla, Cuba and St. James.

• Shannondale Community Clothing Sale has been postponed until further notice. 

• As coronavirus (COVID-19) developments change hour by hour, AARP Foundation is doing its part to flatten the curve of transmission. A top priority is ensuring we are protecting those most at risk, including volunteers and taxpayers. Therefore, AARP Foundation is suspending Tax-Aide services until further notice.

• Sligo Fest, originally scheduled for March 21. A date will be announced when scheduled.

• The Salem Senior Center will be suspending the congregate lunch meal and all activities. A warm meal will be provided for clients to take home, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If clients are not interested, they may get the frozen meal delivery, within city limits. Contact the center, 729-2373, for additional information.

• With the recent developments of Governor Parson issuing a State of Emergency over the Coronavirus. Healthy Dent County has decided to postpone the Girls Night Out Event originally scheduled for March 26.

• The Sacred Heart Catholic Church Annual Basket Auction, originally scheduled for March 22, has been cancelled.

• All face-to-face MU Extension programming has been suspended through May 15. This includes meetings, programs, events and 4-H club gatherings. There are lots of questions concerning project meetings, weigh-ins, Expo and other activities. Dent County YPA Linda Shelton reported, “there is supposed to be a Zoom meeting with the state office soon, which should give us all better clarification of what the immediate future may look like.” In the meantime, project meetings scheduled for this week are cancelled. The Livestock Committee will make determinations concerning weigh-ins and the Expo after more information becomes available.

• The Salem Acoustic Jam, originally scheduled for March 28, has been cancelled.

• Salem Volleyball Club announced that the Union tournament for March 20-21 has been canceled. Practice for sixth grade and fifth grade have been canceled for this week.

• All in-person courses at Missouri University of Science and Technology will move online effective March 18, due to concerns associated with the spread of the coronavirus. Missouri S&T is suspending all university-related domestic and international travel except for travel related to NCAA Division II sports competitions involving S&T teams and is discouraging students, faculty and staff from personal travel. In addition, Missouri S&T announced it would prohibit on-campus meetings, conference and other gatherings that involved more than 50 people.

• Noah Coleman Chapter is cancelling its meeting March 21. Meetings are typically held at 11 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month at Sybill’s in St. James.

• University of Missouri System officials announced that all four universities will conduct remote courses for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, extending the recently announced suspension of in-person classes. Universities will remain open to ensure students who need access to dining and housing, library resources or broadband are accommodated. This announcement follows declarations of emergency by U.S. President Donald Trump and Missouri Governor Michael Parson to combat COVID-19, which allows emergency officials to obtain access to resources reserved for emergencies.

For more on closures, postponements and cancellations, regularly check thesalemnewsonline.com For more information, visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the DHSS website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus or call Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411 with questions.