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Caution prompts cancellations


The Licking News, as you know, operates on a weekly news cycle. With sometimes-hourly changes occurring in the recommended precautions being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, it is impossible for us to give you the latest information. The CDC website, your local health department or local emergency management websites, along with news media that can operate on an immediate news cycle, such as network television, are sources for the most up-to-date information. We will attempt to keep our webpage, www.thelickingnews.com, updated but this will be impossible to accomplish with the print edition of The Licking News.
 As of noon on Tuesday, March 17, the following cancellations or changes have been reported.
• Licking R-VIII School District was scheduled to close Wednesday, March 18, and return to school tentatively on Monday, April 6.
• Phelps County R-III School District was scheduled to close Wednesday, March 18, and return to school tentatively on Monday, March 30.
• Raymondville R-VII School District was scheduled to close Wednesday, March 18, and return to school tentatively on Monday, April 6.
• Success R-VI School District was scheduled to close Wednesday, March 18, and return to school tentatively on Monday, April 13.
• Plato R-V School District extended their spring break through March 20 and will be reassessing the situation at that time.
• The Licking Senior Center’s dining room is closed. You can call and place an order and come to the door for pickup, and they are delivering to homebound and call-ins. The menus have changed so call ahead. The toenail clinic this month is cancelled and there will be no further jam sessions until further notice.
• The Houston Senior Center is closed until the end of March. Seniors receiving home delivered meals can still receive those meals with willing volunteer to deliver. Those who generally dine at the center may use the drive-through service to receive a meal.
• Hickory Manor, out of an abundance of caution, is limiting all visitors to their facility unless absolutely necessary. They have posted signs at their entryway doors to notify visitors of this policy and are actively screening individuals, including staff, who need to come into the building.
• Licking Residential Care is currently closed to the public with the exception of extenuating circumstances. Anyone who has to enter is screened, including employees.
• TCMH visitor restrictions include: No one under the age of 18 allowed at TCMH facilities unless seeking treatment; only one visitor per hospital patient per day; only ER entrance available for patients and/or visitors to access the facility.
• Phelps Health visitor restrictions include: No visitors allowed in Behavioral Health Unit, Transitional Care Unit or Acute Rehabilitation Unit; only parents or one support person older than age 18 to Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Nursery; only one designated family member per patient for surgeries; only one designated family member per patient in all other patient care areas. All visitors will be screened. Phelps Health Events through April 1 are cancelled.
• The Salem VA Clinic is temporarily closed due to staffing shortages and other concerns.
• The VFW has cancelled Bingo and meetings until Friday, April 3. This may be extended as the situation dictates.
• Dollar General announced the first hour of operations to be dedicated to senior customers, beginning March 17, in order to allow the most susceptible members of the community to shop at less busy times. All stores plan to close an hour earlier to clean and re-stock store shelves.
• The community meal at the Licking United Methodist Church has been cancelled.
• The Health Care Forum scheduled for March 18 at the Mtn. View Community Center has been postponed.
• The Texas County Democrat meeting for March 19 has been cancelled.
• The Noah Coleman Chapter is cancelling their meeting for Saturday, March 21.
• Piney River Brewing is cancelling their 9th Aleiversary event planned for March 21 at the brewery. The BARn taproom is keeping normal days and hours of operation at this time.
• The Sacred Heart Catholic Church Basket Auction scheduled for March 22 has been cancelled.
• Town & Country Bank’s Licking branch has cancelled its Open House for March 23.
• The Pregnancy Resource Center of South Central Missouri is postponing the 5th Annual Banquet for Life, scheduled for March 26, and will reschedule in May.
• Salem Community Acoustic Jam on March 28 is cancelled.
• The Easter Egg Hunt in the Licking Old City Park on April 3 has been cancelled.
• Missouri State Parks have postponed special events and programs through April.
• MSHP has suspended driver road testing statewide. Written testing services will continue but the number testing at one time will be restricted to allow social distancing measures.
• The Texas County Museum of Art and History will be closing through April 6. Any workshops scheduled during that time period will be postponed.
Please call ahead before going to any planned activity or event as cancellations and postponements are changing rapidly.

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