County declares state of emergency

Thursday, March 19, 2020
County declares state of emergency

Courtesy of Big Horn County Health Department

The COVID-19 virus.

The Big Horn County Commissioners have declared a state of emergency for Big Horn County on March 17 in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

With over 125,000 confirmed cases worldwide and over 900 cases in the United States, has led much of the state and city to go into isolation, curfews, and closures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

The declaration cites that the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services recognizes novel coronavirus as a threat to the residents of Montana after confirmed cases have surfaced within the state and are doing everything possible to respond to the epidemic.

Mitigation measures are being implemented to slow the spread of novel coronavirus in the state of Montana, Big Horn County and its residents.

Gov. Steve Bullock activated the Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Coordination Centre to oversee resources across state governments to support the Montana DPHHS.

The county commissioners acknowledge that the circumstances of this outbreak may exceed the capacity of services, personnel, equipment, supplies, and facilities of any single jurisdiction.

The declaration states that the availability and utilization of all necessary county government services, equipment, and suppliers under this declaration will further the efforts to protect the health, safety, and preserve the lives, property, and resources of the people of Big Horn County.

The declaration also states that any local emergency proclamation may be issued only by the principal executive officer of a political subdivision, such as M.C.A.

The state of emergency proclamation is to activate all applicable parts of the local disaster and emergency plans and programs, and to authorize the furnishing of aid and assistance in accordance with all the plans and programs.

Upon the proclamation of an emergency, the issuance authorizes the principal executive officer to compel evacuations, control ingress and egress to and from an emergency area, and control the movement of persons within the area.

The areas threatened includes the entire area of Big Horn County, and the proclamation is being issued to start the recovery and restoration from any disturbances that have happened due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The health, safety, and welfare of the people of Big Horn County is absolutely essential, which is why the county commissioners are issuing a state of emergency to combat the spread and anxiety of novel coronavirus.