LOGAN — The Hocking County Commissioners signed an emergency proclamation on Thursday declaring a state of emergency for the county.

The proclamation reads that its passage allows for the county to prepare for response and recovery efforts if any potentially dangerous conditions occur due to COVID-19.

Commissioner Gary Waugh read the proclamation:

“Now therefore, the commissioners declare that a state of emergency exists in the county and that I hereby declare and evoke those portions of the Ohio Revised Code, which are applicable to the conditions and have caused the issuance of this proclamation.”

The proclamation goes on to state that all public offices and county employees are directed to exercise the utmost diligence in the discharge of duties required of them for the duration of the declared emergency and in the execution of emergency laws, regulations and directives both state and local.

To add to that, it reads all citizens are called upon and directed to comply with necessary emergency procedures to cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing operations, plans, and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officials.

The Commissioners also decided on Thursday to make a resolution that would close the 911 center building to the public until further notice.

Hocking County Sheriff Major Caleb Moritz told the commissioners that Sheriff Lanny North had closed the building earlier this week and was now asking the commissioners to make this closure official and support his decision to do so.

“One of the most important parts of public safety infrastructure in this county and every other county in the state is a 911 center,” Moritz said. “If we would get that virus (COVID-19) in the building, it would have devastating effects on all public safety service agencies.”

The commissioners also made a motion to create a policy that would require courthouse employees and those who enter the courthouse for an appointment have their temperatures taken using a forehead thermometer.

The Hocking County Commissioners meetings are currently closed to the public. Due to concerns of spreading COVID-19, the commissioners are only holding their regularly scheduled meetings once a week on Thursdays.

The modified hours of the meetings and the modified hours of some of their employees, some of which are now working from home or are on-call, will be extended in accordance with the stay at home order.

This once a week meeting can be viewed live on the Hocking County Commissioners’ Facebook page.

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