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County declares emergency

By Staff | Mar 18, 2020

Kathy Preston and Mary Moorman from Emmet County Public Health joined Emmet County Emergency Services manager Travis Sheridan at Tuesday morning’s Emmet County supervisors meeting to declare a public health emergency disaster to aid in receiving state and federal funds for economic recovery during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is not to make anyone panic; it’s a declaration just so we can recover economically with the help of state funding,” Sheridan said.

Emmet County’s emergency service workers are also keeping track of resources across the state and working to protect the community’s public and infrastructure, Sheridan said.

Preston reiterated that there are no cases currently in Emmet County. As of press time Wednesday, Iowa had identified 29 positive cases of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, in Johnson, Dallas, Polk, Winneshiek, Carroll, Pottawatamie and Harrison counties.

“There’s lots of information about the virus in the media and on social media. Accurate information is coming from the CDC and Iowa Dept. of Public Health. We will push the messaging that we know is true and do the best we can for the community,” Preston said.

In other business, the supervisors approved $50,000 over three years to aid the Estherville Municipal Pool project. Estherville city administrator Penny Clayton said the county benefits from the pool as people living in the rural areas of the county not only use the pool, but youth from the outlying areas have regularly worked as lifeguards at the pool.

The $150,000 was an increase from the county’s original pledge of $50,000. Todd Glasnapp voted against the increase.