WHEREAS Jackson County, West Virginia has been or is immediately threatened by a coronavirus infection (COVID-19), and

WHEREAS, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has declared that COVID-19 creates a public health emergency;

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared that a state of emergency exists with regard to the threat to the health of our people, throughout the nation;

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Governor of West Virginia declared that a state of emergency exists in West Virginia and its counties with regard to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus;

WHEREAS, the CDC has issued guidance to all state and local governments, and all citizens, recommending preparedness to prevent community spread and guard against the potential of a COVID-19 pandemic; and

NOW, THEREFORE, we the Jackson County Commission, declare a state of emergency exists in the county and that we hereby invoke and declare those portions of the West Virginia Code which are applicable to the conditions and have caused the issuance of this proclamation be in full force and effect in the county for the exercise of a necessary emergency authority for protection of the lives and property of the people of Jackson County and the restoration of local government with a minimum of interruption.

AND FURTHER, reference is hereby made to all appropriate laws, statutes, ordinances and resolutions, and particularly to Chapter 15, Article 5 of the West Virginia Code.

AND FURTHERMORE, all public offices and employees of Jackson County are hereby directed to exercise the utmost diligence in the discharge of duties required by them for the duration of the emergency and in execution of emergency laws, regulations, and directives.

AND FURTHEMORE, all citizens are called upon and directed to comply with necessary emergency measures, to cooperate with public officials and emergency management forces in execution emergency operation plans and to obey and comply with the lawful direction of the Jackson County Health Department officials.

AND FURTHERMORE, all operating forces will direct their communications and requests for assistance and new operations directly to the elected officials or department/agency heads. Elected officials or department/agency heads are to submit requests to Jackson County Emergency Management to be sent to the state or the Jackson County Health Department.

Dated this 20th day of March 2020.

Signed by Jackson County Commissioners: President Dick Waybright, Michael Randolph, and Mitch Morrison