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The Boone County Commissioners renewed a state of emergency resolution, a move that allows for expedited decisions during the surging COVID-19 pandemic, and the county has been earmarked as a COVID-19 vaccine distribution site for nearby counties.
Boone County Health Dept. Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Tom Ryan said the commissioners and the health department had two goals in mind when renewing the resolution: He said they wanted to signal the pandemic and the recent surge of COVID-19 cases were to be taken seriously and that the county had actionable plans in response.
“We are in a very serious situation at this point in time, and the transmission rate is increasing,” Boone County Commissioner Jeff Wolfe said during the commissioners’ Nov. 16 meeting. “As we go into this, there are a lot of key issues we’re working on. The health department has partnered with Witham on trying to get a testing clinic set up, and we are partnering with Witham on future vaccination sites, and I think this is a time when we are entering this emergency order with actions in place.”
Ryan said the county, when the commissioners first declared a state of emergency, was able to establish the Boone County 4 …
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