McMillon proclaims emergency in county

County employee Devin Tucker, right, takes the temperature of Chris Keeling at the front lobby of the Greene County Courthouse, in accordance with previously announced measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.

Greene County Judge Rusty McMillon has proclaimed an emergency in the county in response to the threat posed by COVID-19.

The proclamation, which he signed Monday afternoon, noted the discovery Friday of the first case of the virus in the county.

The need exists for “immediate attention to protect public health, reduce further strain on the local healthcare system, ensure public safety and render emergency relief,” the proclamation states.

The county therefore faces a threat, McMillon continued in the proclamation, to its collective safety and welfare posed by the virus. “(These conditions) create an emergency disaster situation,” as defined by Act 511 of 1973 as amended by section 12-75-103.

Accordingly, McMillon said in the proclamation, he has declared the county to be a disaster area, entitled to aid relief and assistance. He directed the implementation of the county Emergency Operations Plan.

“We are taking our direction from ADEM (the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management),” McMillon said Tuesday afternoon. “This is an Arkansas Department of Health-led Emergency response, and we are working with them.”

The proclamation is to enable the county to receive emergency supplies from state and federal authorities.

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