NEW Public Health Order; FAQs; COVID-19: Testing; Case Counts; and More!


COVID-19 Vaccine: Vaccine Update: 1-20-21 1:45 pm – Platte County Health Department asks Platte County, non-Kansas City residents interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine to complete a brief survey. – Platte County Health Department has used the 271 doses allotted to us to vaccinate individuals in Phase 1A (Residents and Employees of Long-term Care Facilities; Patient-facing Healthcare Workers; EMS). Vaccine availability has been expanded to individuals in Phase 1B, Tier 1, but PCHD currently has no vaccine in our possession. However, that can change with little advance notice. To help us prepare, we ask Platte County, non-Kansas City residents interested in receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine to complete a brief survey described below. If you are a Kansas City, Missouri resident, please use this survey.

Based on availability, and guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (MO DHSS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Platte County Health Department will assist in the coordination of COVID-19 vaccine administration based on a changing priority system. Individuals will be identified to receive the vaccine based on occupation and risk status (age, medical conditions, etc.).

Once the vaccine is made available for your phase and tier, the Platte County Health Department will use your information from the survey to contact you with further instructions on how to schedule an appointment to receive your vaccination. However, completing this survey does not guarantee a vaccination appointment or save your place in line. You may be contacted for additional information as prioritization tiers may change.

Announcements about vaccine availability will be made in this area of the website, through the media (TV, newspaper, radio and social media). Updates will include dates, times and locations.


Additional Information:

Platte County Health Department COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Missouri’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

VOLUNTEERS: The number of individuals who've volunteered to help at future mass vaccination clinics has been overwhelming and much appreciated! Due to the overwhelming response, we are currently not seeking additional volunteers at this time. Please stay tuned though. A need for additional volunteers is likely to occur soon. When that happens, a link to sign up will be provided on this page. Thank you!

NEW Platte County Public Health Order 20210115
View Order Here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Order
View the FAQs here.

Report Violation of Public Health Emergency Orders
File Complaint here.


Effective January 4, cash or credit card payment of $100 is required prior to testing. After completion of the Self-Reporting Tool, you will be contacted by phone to schedule an appointment and to collect payment information. Cash payments must be made before an appointment is scheduled.

For testing in Platte County, read the following before you complete the 
Self-Reporting Tool

Testing has been expanded to include Platte County residents with or without symptoms of COVID-19.

Those who wish to be tested must complete the Self-Reporting Tool.  Please allow up to 48 hours for us to contact you to set up an appointment. Thank you for your patience.  If you have an urgent question about testing, please call (816) 587-5998, extension 'hashtag 204'.

Are you a contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19? If yes, wait 5 days after exposure to get tested.

Other testing sites in the KC area

Quarantine Guidance Update:

On December 8, 2020, in response to CDC's amended options for quarantine for those who have been exposed to COVID-19, the Platte County Health Department revised its guidance.  The revised guidance provides a shorter quarantine option of ten days, while continuing to recommend a quarantine period of 14 days
CDC continues to state that their recommendation is a quarantine period of 14 days. However, after review of the ongoing high community prevalence of COVID-19 in Platte County and the fact that there is not sufficient testing capacity available, we support the following quarantine guidelines as outlined by the CDC:

  1. The preferred length of quarantine remains 14 days after exposure.
  2. Based on the December 2, 2020 CDC update, as a close contact, you may end your quarantine after 10 days IF you have NO SYMPTOMS.
    • You must continue to wear your mask and monitor for symptoms daily for the full 14-day time period following your exposure.
    • If at any time during that 14-day timeframe you develop symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and get tested as soon as possible.
  3. Masking and symptom monitoring for full 14 days are required even if you are able to end the quarantine early based on this new option.
  4. If you are unable to wear a mask (in general or for a particular activity), you would need to complete the 14-day quarantine or avoid any activities for which you cannot wear a mask until the end of your 14 day quarantine.
  5. The Platte County Health Department does not support a test out option for release from quarantine in 7 days at this time, due to the high community prevalence and the additional strain on community testing.

The Platte County Health Department urges those who have been exposed to COVID-19 to stay home, and follow this guidance for testing:

  • If you are without symptoms you should wait for at least 7 days to be tested.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms get tested as soon as possible.

Physical activity significantly reduces the risk of viral infections and levels of anxiety:
Physical Activity Recommendations During the Coronavirus Disease-2019 Virus Outbreak

Take Care of Your Mental Health

Questions about COVID-19?

Get answers to your questions

Call this hotline between the hours of 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM, 7 days a week: 877-435-8411.

Laboratory Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Platte County, Missouri

As of 1/19/21. Numbers will be updated daily by 7:00 PM 

Platte County TOTAL 6,332 101
Within City Limits of Kansas City* 3,487 65
Outside City Limits of Kansas City 2,845 36

Note: To see Kansas City, Missouri's COVID-19 Data Dashboard, click here.
*Includes KC portion of zip codes 64151, 64152, 64153, 64154, 64163, and 64164 only. Cases in the portion of 64155 in Platte County are not included in this total.

County Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard (Hover the mouse cursor over the bars on the graphs below to view numbers of cases.) 

Cases by Platte County Zip Code (Updated every Thursday by 7:00 PM)

Zip Code Total # of Platte County Cases    **# of Platte Cases Outside KC ***# of Platte Cases in KC 
64018 42    42
64028 9   9
64079 850   850
64089 76   76
64092  ****Suppressed   Suppressed
64098 177   177
64150 318   318
64151 1,566   83 1,483
64152 1,635   1,092 543
64153 427   5 422
64154 1,011     1,011
64155 Unknown     Unknown
64163 51   29 22
64164 10   4 6
64439 72   72  
64440 Suppressed   Suppressed  
64444 52   52  
64484 Suppressed   Suppressed  
64492 Suppressed   Suppressed  
Total of Suppressed or Unknown 8   8 Unknown

**As of 1/19/21
***As of 1/21/21
****Suppressed if fewer than 5 total cases in a zip code

COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Platte County, not in City of KC

COVID-19 Deaths of Platte County Residents not in city limits of Kansas City
 Decade of Age of Deaths in Platte not KC Gender
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 2)               80's F
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MARC's Kansas City Region COVID-19 Data Hub

 Compare Platte County to other jurisdictions in rolling-average case count, positivity rate, data for schools, and more.

Information from Our Partners

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center

Hospital Situational Awareness Report - KC Region

Missouri's COVID-19 Dashboard

SEMA DAILY BRIEF - Hospital utilization data is usually found between pages 6-10.

IMHE COVID-19 Projections - Missouri

IMHE COVID-19 Projections - Kansas

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



Coronavirus Face Masks & Protection FAQs

Identifying airborne transmission as the dominant route for the spread of COVID-19

Physical distancing, face masks and eye protection to prevent person-to-person transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis

A modelling framework to assess the likely effectiveness of facemasks in combination with ‘lock-down’ in managing the COVID-19 pandemic

Community Use of Face Masks and COVID-19: Evidence from a Natural Experiment of State Mandates in the US

Yes, Wearing Masks Helps. Here's Why

What are the different face coverings and which is most effective

People This Age Are More Infectious, COVID-19 Study Finds

Mask Demonstration

This striking science experiment shows the effectiveness of masks and social distancing

Articles Regarding Efficacy of Masks

  • Young Joon Park, Young June Choe, Ok Park, et al Contact Tracing during Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, South Korea, 2020
  • Anfinrud P, Stadnytskyi V, Bax CE, Bax A. Visualizing Speech-Generated Oral Fluid Droplets with Laser Light Scattering. N Engl J Med. 2020 Apr 15. doi:10.1056/NEJMc2007800. PMID: 32294341external icon
  • Davies A, Thompson KA, Giri K, Kafatos G, Walker J, Bennett ATesting the efficacy of homemade masks: would they protect in an influenza pandemic? Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2013;7(4):413-8. PMID: 24229526external icon
  • Konda A, Prakash A, Moss GA, Schmoldt M, Grant GD, Guha S. Aerosol Filtration Efficiency of Common Fabrics Used in Respiratory Cloth Masks. ACS Nano. 2020 Apr 24. PMID: 32329337external icon
  • Aydin O, Emon B, Saif MTA. Performance of fabrics for home-made masks against spread of respiratory infection through droplets: a quantitative mechanistic study. medRxiv preprint doi:, posted April 24, 2020.
  • Ma QX, Shan H, Zhang HL, Li GM, Yang RM, Chen JM. Potential utilities of mask-wearing and instant hand hygiene for fighting SARS-CoV-2. J Med Virol. 2020. PMID: 32232986external icon
  • Leung, N.H.L., Chu, D.K.W., Shiu, E.Y.C. et al.Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks. Nat Med. 2020. PMID: 32371934external icon
  • Johnson DF, Druce JD, Birch C, Grayson ML. A quantitative assessment of the efficacy of surgical and N95 masks to filter influenza virus in patients with acute influenza infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Jul 15;49(2):275-7. PMID: 19522650external icon
  • Green CF, Davidson CS, Panlilio AL, et al. Effectiveness of selected surgical masks in arresting vegetative cells and endospores when worn by simulated contagious patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012;33(5):487-494. PMID: 22476275external icon


US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Coronaviruses pathogenesis, comorbidities and multi-organ damage – A review

University of Minnesota:

Study finds lung impairment in recovering COVID-19 patients

Global Times News Article about First Phase of a Study by Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University:

90% of recovered COVID-19 patients still have lung damage: report

WebMD Article that references Wuhan study below:

Life after COVID-19: The Road to Recovery

The Lancet:

Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study

Weill Cornell Medicine:

What Is Known About COVID-19 and Abnormal Blood Clotting

Johns Hopkins:

Ongoing Studies

Healthline News Article that references study below:

Lifelong Lung Damage: The Serious COVID-19 Complication That Can Hit People in Their 20s

Pulmonary fibrosis secondary to COVID-19: a call to arms?

Articles in Science Magazine:

From ‘brain fog’ to heart damage, COVID-19’s lingering problems alarm scientists

For survivors of severe COVID-19, beating the virus is just the beginning

Hackensack Meridian Health:

What Are the Long-Term Effects of COVID-19?

University of California, Berkley Article:

From lung scarring to heart damage, COVID-19 may leave lingering marks

National Kidney Foundation:

Kidney Disease & COVID-19

Poynter Article:

New data shows COVID-19 can cause kidney failure — and launch a different kind of epidemic:

American Society of Nephrology


Considerations for School Administration to Inform Decisions Regarding Navigation Between Learning Modalities During COVID-19

Version 06 (October 5, 2020)

Return to School Recommendations
Version 04 (August 20, 2020)




Date Updated

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry

June 25, 2020

American Federation of Teachers(AFT)

A Plan To Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities

April 29, 2020

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

A Blueprint for Back to School

May 2020

Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC)

Considerations for Schools

May 19, 2020

Council of Chief State School Officers(CCSSO)

RestartandRecoveryPlan: AddressingBuildingSafety,CleaningandMonitoring

May 20, 2020

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security(JHCHS)

Filling in the Blanks: National Research Needs to Guide Decisions about Reopening Schools in the United States

May 15, 2020

Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Guidance for School Reopening During the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 28, 2020

McKinsey and Company

Safely back to school after coronavirus closures

April 29, 2020

New York University (NYU)

Guidance on Culturally Responsive-Sustaining School Re-Openings

May 2020

United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF)

Framework for reopening schools

June 2020

The Reopening Plan
Reopening Plan for Platte County (Version 0.7, May 29, 2020) - Look here to find out what's expected of you and your business.

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.

Helpful Resources:

Posters and Other Tools for Businesses

6 Feet Apart Sign

'Masks Required' Signs for Businesses

Prepare Metro KC includes a collection of COVID-19 information from local health departments throughout the Kansas City Area.

Cleaning & Disinfection instructions for COVID-19 including a list of cleaning products approved for effectiveness.

Protect Yourself by following CDC recommendations.

Travel recommendations for your specific destination.

How to Safely Care for Someone Sick with COVID-19

Board of Trustees - Click here