County enacts emergency disaster declaration

Thursday, March 19, 2020

PLYMOUTH CO. — Plymouth County Board of Supervisors Chairman Don Kass enacted an emergency disaster declaration on Thursday, March 19.

Kass signed a declaration stating, “Because of the potential health, economic and social risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic which the State of Iowa declared on March 9, 2020, and further declared a community spread outbreak on March 14, 2020, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors has declared a State of Emergency in an effort to proactively reduce the effects of the pandemic in Plymouth County.

“The potential effect of an outbreak of COVID-19 in Plymouth County is tremendous. Local school districts are closed for an unknown amount of time, local businesses and charitable organizations are seeing a loss of support and revenue, and residents may see a restricted or reduced access to public services. Plymouth County has become overwhelmed with the mitigation efforts, preparation and response to he arrived of the COVID-19 virus. In addition, with this declaration, we wish to minimize the exposure by limiting social contact and movement in order to reduce the physical load on the public health care system and reduce risk to the public.

Board Chairman Don Kass

“Therefore, the Plymouth County Board of Supervisors as recommended by Plymouth County Public Health has declared a State of Emergency authorized under multiple State of Iowa Statutes and execute the expenditure of emergency funds from all available sources, the invoking of mutual aid agreements, and the applying to the State of Iowa for assistance as necessary.”

At the Tuesday Board of Supervisors meeting, action will be taken to approve the declaration signed by Kass. Tuesday’s supervisors meeting will be held in the lower level of the Annex building.

After signing the declaration on Thursday morning, Kass explained why it was so important for the county to do so.

“When emergencies happen, state and federal governments work closely with local governments. What this act does is it sets a timeframe for the emergency response itself and helps determine when and how much relief aid is distributed locally,” Kass stated. “As things are now, in terms of emergency response in the county, it changes nothing. However, it will help with procedures at some point in the future.”

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