Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Judge Executive Wil Cannon signed a State of Emergency Declaration for Edmonson County earlier today as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Edmonson Voice obtained a copy of the text in the declaration as published below.
A State of Emergency simply means that the Judge Executive's office has the authority to take certain local emergency actions, should any become necessary, without the need for having to wait for state or federal approval.
WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), beginning January 27, 2020; and
Similar declarations are also made during large snowstorms or other weather and illness-related events when a large portion of the population can be affected. The declaration also allows agencies within the county, state, and federal level the ability to coordinate without what most would consider 'red tape' or actions that would otherwise delay cooperation.