Editor's note: This article has been updated to include information about how citizens can receive the electronic daily briefings.

The Pettis County COVID-19 Task Force will now be offering daily briefings during the global outbreak.

According to a news release, the task force was formed Feb. 28 to coordinate essential services surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and it meets weekly.

Members of the task force include Sedalia/Pettis County Emergency Management Agency, Pettis County Health Center, Pettis County Commission, City of Sedalia, Bothwell Regional Health Center, Pettis County Sheriff’s Office, Sedalia Police Department, Sedalia Fire Department, Pettis County Ambulance District, Pettis County Coroner, Pettis County Jail and the Missouri State Fair.

The release states four common goals have been developed from these meetings:

• Protect our hospital/health care delivery system so there are resources to care for all those needing care in the community.

• Communicate openly with county residents.

• Maintain essential community services.

• Develop a system to respond to requests for assistance, particularly from the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

To communicate openly with the community, the task force is developing a daily briefing to provide the latest information concerning COVID-19. Participating agencies will submit information to include in this briefing. Links and hotline phone numbers will also be provided for local, state and national resources.

The briefing will be sent daily via Nixle alert from the Pettis County Sheriff's Office. To sign up for local Nixle alerts, visit local.nixle.com/register or text 65301 to 888777.

Residents should look for the daily briefings beginning Thursday, March 26.

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