Commissioners Declare State Of Emergency For Harnett County

At the March 16th Harnett County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioners unanimously approved a State of Emergency Order for Harnett County in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19.

The County recognizes the concerns from many of the residents about the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus across the United States of America, the State of North Carolina, and within Harnett County.. While the threat of this pandemic is very real, County officials – including the Harnett County Health Department and Harnett County Emergency Management – have been actively preparing for potential impacts from this Coronavirus and are staying on top of new developments.

Harnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Howard Penny Jr. initiated a proclamation for a State of Emergency in Harnett County as a “precautionary measure, which will allow for expedited assistance from state and federal aid agencies should the need arise. County staff believe this declaration will assist our emergency personnel in obtaining any necessary equipment and supplies more quickly.”

Penny continued to encourage citizens to take precautionary actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. “We ask that citizens remain calm and continue following the guidelines established by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) during this event. These guidelines are in place for your safety and those of your fellow residents. The more people adhere to these guidelines, the sooner the Coronavirus threat will pass.”

Even with these measures in place, it is reasonable to anticipate that Harnett County will see additional positive tests for Coronavirus over the coming days and weeks. This should not be cause for panic. The health and well-being of the citizens of Harnett County is the top priority of the Harnett County Board of Commissioners and County staff.

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