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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Kings County Proclamation of Local Emergency, Workload & Increase Preparedness for Coronavirus



March 17, 2020



Hanford – Out of an abundance of caution, the Board of Supervisors declared a state of

local emergency at its Board meeting today to more effectively manage the community’s

preparedness and response efforts to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Board

of Supervisors also ratified the Kings County Health Officer’s local health emergency

declaration today. There are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 infection within the

County. However, the Board and Health Officer decided that declaring a local emergency

at this time would allow the County to increase its response efforts to provide enhanced

community information, preparedness, and continued testing.

The Board’s actions are another step in the County’s preparation and response to the

COVID-19 pandemic. The declarations are also a necessary step in qualifying the County

for any State and federal resources, including reimbursement for County COVID-19 related

expenses, which may be made available.

Specifically, the Board took a preparatory action today, which was done not to create any

additional alarm, but to prepare and better position the County to manage current and

future efforts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, this step affords the County

some ability to act more quickly to respond to arising issues without the need for timeconsuming

procedures and formalities.

The County will continue to provide the community with updated information as it becomes

available. The most recent information is continually being provided by the County

Department of Public Health on its webpage, which can be found at: As always, the County encourages residents to follow best

practices in protecting themselves doing this time, which includes:

 Washing hands with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.

 Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

 Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.

 Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 Staying away from work, school, or other people if you become sick with respiratory

symptoms like fever and cough.

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