Coronavirus COVID-19

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March 18, 2020 11:30 AM



WHEREAS, in December 2019, the coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, People’s Republic of China, causing outbreaks of the coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) that has now spread globally; and

WHEREAS, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined and is monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China and has become commonly identified as COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, based upon the actions and directives of the President of the United States, the World Health Organization, and the United Stated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and current conditions, the danger is significant so as to warrant preemptive and protective actions in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people of the State; and

WHEREAS, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020, under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d), in response to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States of America declared a national emergency, permitting the federal government to make available $50 billion in emergency funding to assist state and local governments in preventing the spread of and addressing the effects of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 14, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves signed a State of Emergency in response to the spread of the COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, at the time of this proclamation, there have been ten presumptive cases of COVID-19, in four counties, in the State of Mississippi; and

WHEREAS, Mayor, Mario King, of the City of Moss Point, Mississippi does hereby find that conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property have arisen within said City of Moss Point, Mississippi due to the COVID-19 outbreak; and

WHEREAS, the aforesaid conditions of extreme peril warrant and necessitate the proclamation of the existence of a local emergency in order to provide for the health and safety of the citizens and the protection of their property within the affected jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, I have entered a Touch Free policy in conjunction with other local, state, and federal agencies to prevent the spread of COVID-19

WHEREAS, I have entered in a temporary time and attendance policy based on my authority as the superintendent of day-to-day operation mandating that all non-essential (does not provide direct services to the public) employees work from home and be accessible through the use of telecommunications services provided by the City of Moss Point

WHEREAS, I have implemented technology throughout the administration that has prepared our municipal workforce for this type of national crisis to prevent the elimination of services to our constituents

WHEREAS, the City of Moss Point is prepared to serve and render services without interruption at no additional cost to the taxpayers

WHEREAS, the only service that has been decreased is recreation as I have made the decision to close all recreational facilities to the public for preparation and cleaning until this Proclamation of Local Emergency has been lifted for the safety and welfare of all those, we serve

WHEREAS, I have made all public meeting in accessible by telecommunications and in compliance with the Mississippi Code Annotated Section 25-41-5 Open Meetings Act

WHEREAS, I take the safety and welfare of the public officials, residents, and stakeholders of the City of Moss Point seriously and will continue to work diligently with other agencies to prevent the exposure of the COVID-19 virus

WHEREAS, I will continue to inform constituents of relevant information pertaining to COVID-19

WHEREAS, the danger of disaster is of such magnitude to warrant preemptive and protective action in order to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the people; and

WHEREAS, I find and determine that the public interest requires that I proclaim a state of local emergency as authorized by law;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, MAYOR MARIO KING, HEREBY PROCLAIM that a local emergency exists in the City of Moss Point, Mississippi as of the 16th day of March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak; and

HEREBY DECLARE that the City shall exercise all powers and authority granted unto it under the laws of the State of Mississippi to address this emergency.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that this state of local emergency shall continue until the next regular meeting of the City Council of the City of Moss Point, Mississippi, wherein the same may be ratified, extended, or terminated, if necessary, as provided by law.


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