Joplin announces changes to parks after first case of Covid-19 community spread
"I'm still believing it's going to not have an as big of an impact on us as other cities."
JOPLIN, Mo. – Joplin has its first case of community-spread Covid-19. The announcement was made during a city briefing today, that also outlined some new guidelines for people using parks and recreational facilities.
Joplin’s health director says there has been a total of two confirmed cases of Covid-19 within city limits. The health director says the most recent case, announced yesterday, is not travel-related. All playgrounds within city parks are now closed, and temporary fencing will be installed around those parks. Basketball and volleyball courts are also closed, along with Ewert Park’s skate park.
But exercise trails, tennis courts, and Joplin’s golf course will remain open. Mayor Gary Shaw today reminded people about the city’s goal.
“The more we pay attention to what we’re doing, the more we try to keep our social distancing and so forth, the quicker we can get through this,” said Shaw. “I’m still believing it’s going to not have an as big of an impact on us as other cities.”