JOHNSTOWN — Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Warren Greene has signed an emergency declaration extending the Fulton County COVID-19 State of Emergency for another 30 days, according to a news release from the county.
This action extends the original State of Emergency declaration that ran 16 March through 15 April 2020.
In addition to the multitude of state-level Executive Orders by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this step provides certain emergency powers to the chairman in accordance with Section 24 of state Executive Law. This authority allows for prompt response to implement preparedness and/or mitigation measures to confront the spread of novel coronavirus. Greene also participated in multiple conference calls during the past week, including several calls with Cuomo’s representatives and a briefing by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.
The Fulton County COVID-19 Task Force meets daily and has been monitoring the local spread of COVID-19, introducing state and federal actions that are underway, addressing positive cases as they arise and implementing measures to prevent further spread. Fulton County Sheriff Giardino and his departments continue doing their part and other county agencies continue operations at reduced staffing levels.
“We have to ‘Keep pulling together by staying apart’, which seems so unnatural for most of us”, Greene said in the release. “I urge all residents and businesses to do their part to social distance and save lives. Our health care workers, first responders and law enforcement personnel are doing their part, so we need to do ours.”
County Administrative Officer Jon Stead underscored this reminder:
1. Social distance at six feet or more.
2. Wear a face covering when in public.
3. Make hand washing and hand sanitizer a natural habit.
4. In a friendly manner, remind others to do the same.
Contact: Jon R. Stead