Cancellations of school, business, church, and community events continue in response to coronavirus concerns, as do modifications to how business is conducted in the community.
The Jackson County Health Department reported its first two presumed cases of coronavirus on March 17th. The first case is a woman in her 80s who had not traveled recently. The second case is a man in his 40s who had recently traveled internationally.
The Grain Valley Police Department, in a tweet dated March 16th, stated officers would respond in person only to emergency calls for service. All other calls/reports will be handled via telephone. For non-emergency calls, residents are asked to call Jackson County Dispatch at 816-795-1960.
Police Chief James Beale later sent out a statement clarifying that officers would still be patrolling streets.
Grain Valley Schools announced schools would be closed through at least April 3rd. According to an email from Grain Valley Schools on March 16th, all school district facilities are closed for student or community use effective immediately and for the duration of the school closure. All activities and practices are canceled during the period of school closure.
City facilities are closed to the public; the Community Center is closed through at least April 3rd. All Municipal Court cases set for the March 24th have been continued to April 28, 2020.
Utility customers are asked to pay their water bills online, over the phone, or by submitting payment to the drop box on the north side of City Hall.
The City of Grain Valley has also announced it will not disconnect water service for non-payment through June 30th.
Numerous churches and community organizations as well as the Mid-Continent Public Library and YMCA have also announced closures. Valley News will continue to share cancellation information via social media and on our website, www.grainvalleynews.com, as it becomes available.