Murray, Calloway County Declare State of Emergency
By West Kentucky Star Staff
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its local impact, officials in Murray and Calloway County have declared a local state of emergency.

Under the declaration by the city of Murray, which is retroactive to March 1, the Calloway County Office of Emergency Management will coordinate all local government agencies to provide any needed assistance within the county. All city agencies will cooperate with the the Emergency Management Director to provide any needed help.

Also, Murray's Mayor Bob Rogers is given authority to waive procedures and formalities as needed, regarding any needed public work, entering in contracts, incurring obligations, employment of permanent or temporary workers, utilization of volunteers, rental of equipment, and appropriation or spending of public funds. 

There is no expiration date on the city's order. 

On Wednesday, the Calloway County Health Department announced that a second person had tested positive for COVID-19.

Specifically, the city of Murray's declaration, as seen in the attached image, says that the following will be enacted: 

1. The local Emergency Operations Plan shall be fully executed.

2. The Calloway County Emergency Management Director shall direct the Calloway County Offices of Emergency Management to provide such assistance as can be delivered from available local resources, and shall coordinate all agencies of local government to provide assistance to Calloway County.

3. All agencies of the City of Murray shall cooperate to the fullest extent with the Calloway County Office of Emergency Management and shall provide such assistance as may be required for response to this emergency.

4. Under the State of Emergency, as provided in KRS 39A.100 (2) and 45A.380, the Mayor, among other powers granted to him under those statutes, may waive procedures and formalities otherwise required by the law pertaining to: a) performance of public work, b) entering into contracts, c) incurring obligations, d) employment of permanent and temporary workers, e) utilization of volunteer workers, f) rental of equipment, and g) appropriation and expenditure of public funds.

Published 02:20 PM, Thursday Mar. 26, 2020
Updated 10:17 AM, Friday Mar. 27, 2020



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