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CL-2316    Item #: B.       
Meeting Date: 04/07/2020  
Subject:    Declaration of Local Emergency
From: W. Clarke Whitfield, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     04/07/2020
SUMMARY
As a result of the imminent threat to public health and safety to the residents of the City of Danville arising from the spread of COVID-19 virus, City Manager Kenneth F. Larking, acting in his capacity as Director of Emergency Management, declared a local emergency on March 17, 2020 and an amended local state of emergency on March 27, 2020 in accordance with Virginia Code Sections 44-146.21 AND 44-146.16.
 
BACKGROUND
COVID-19 is a communicable disease that was declared by the World Health Organization (“WHO”) to be a “public health emergency of international concern” on January 30, 2020, and its spread was characterized by the WHO as a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
 
On March 12, 2020, Governor Ralph S. Northam declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth of Virginia arising from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency, beginning March 1, 2020, in response to the spread of COVID-19.
 
The City Manager, acting in his capacity as Director of Emergency Management, declared a local emergency on March 17, 2020 and an amended local state of emergency on March 27, 2020.
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council approve both the Declaration of Local Emergency and the amended Declaration of Local Emergency.
 

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