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Declaration of a State of Emergency
Posted on 03/16/2020
state of emergencyThe City of Statesville has declared a State of Emergency for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Below is the text of the proclamation.



WHEREAS, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) a global pandemic on March 11, 2020; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of North Carolina declared a State of Emergency on March 10, 2020 to coordinate the State’s response and protective actions to address the COVID-19 public health emergency and to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of residents and visitors; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the number of cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina continues to rise; and

WHEREAS, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County; and

WHEREAS, the City of Statesville citizens travel to and from those counties and the residents of those counties travel to and from Statesville regularly, increasing the risks for exposure of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in Iredell County; and

WHEREAS, as a result of the above-described emergency, I have determined that there is an imminent threat of, or existing conditions have caused or will cause, widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property, and public safety authorities will be unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives or property; and

WHEREAS, declaring a State of Emergency and imposing the restrictions and prohibitions ordered herein is necessary to maintain order and protect public health, safety, and welfare, and to secure property.

NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as the Mayor of the City of Statesville under Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the North Carolina General Statutes and Chapter 14, Article III of the City of Statesville Code of Ordinances:

Section 1. A State of Emergency is hereby declared within the jurisdiction of City of Statesville.

Section 2. I hereby authorize the City Manager to take appropriate protective action to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including implementing restrictions, modifications, or alterations to any City operations, services, or facilities, and to take other protective measures as he deems appropriate, and consistent with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and in accordance with executive orders issued by the President of the United States and the Governor of North Carolina.

Section 3. I hereby order all City law enforcement officers and employees and all other emergency management personnel subject to our control to cooperate in the enforcement and implementation of the provisions of this Declaration, all applicable local ordinances, state and federal laws, and the City of Statesville Emergency Operations Plan.

Section 4. I hereby order this declaration: (a) to be distributed to the news media and other organizations calculated to bring its contents to the attention of the general public; (b) to be filed with the City Clerk to the City Council of the City of Statesville and (c) to be distributed to others as necessary to ensure proper implementation of this declaration.

Section 5. This Proclamation shall take effect on March 16, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. and shall remain in effect until modified or rescinded.

DECLARED this the March 16,2020 at 7:00 P.M.