State of emergency issued in Barren County

Barren County has declared a State of Emergency the encompasses the whole of the county, including municipalities within the county, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A press release from Judge-Executive Michael Hale said, “this emergency situation appropriately documented will allow the community to apply for and receive related emergency expenses from potential federal and state resources. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county at this time.”

The emergency order is in agreement by Hale, Glasgow Mayor Harold Armstrong, Cave City Mayor Dewayne Hatcher, and Park City Mayor Larry Poteet effective on March 17.

The emergency management director will direct the emergency service agencies to provide assistance as can be delivered from available local resources and shall coordinate all agencies of local government to provide assistance to Barren County and each city, the release stated.

The judge-executive and the three mayors can also waive procedures and formalities otherwise required by law when pertaining to the performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring obligations, employment of permanent and temporary workers, utilizing volunteers, equipment rentals, and appropriation and expenditure of public funds, the release stated.

The declaration will remain in effect until terminated by another executive order when determined that a state of emergency no longer exists.