Fresno County Adopts Local Emergency Proclamation
FRESNO, CA, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – The Fresno County Board of Supervisors has formally adopted a Local Emergency resolution and Fresno County has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate the County’s ongoing response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our experts with the County Department of Public Health have been working diligently to manage Fresno County’s ongoing response efforts and keep our communities safe,” says Fresno County Administrative Officer, Jean Rousseau. “As this pandemic continues to evolve, activation of the EOC is a necessary step to lend more personnel, resources and capacity for the County to effectively support our communities during this uncertain time.”
Fresno County also announced steps being taken to help minimize risks of potential exposure for employees and the public by minimizing staffing levels, encouraging remote work, providing alternative means for the public to access services remotely, postponing services, closing facilities as needed, and encouraging those who conduct in-person business with the County to utilize alternate means.
“We recognize the concerns shared by our entire community,” says Rousseau. “Many people in Fresno County rely on County services and it is our intent to provide options and minimize disruptions wherever possible. However, protecting public health and safety is always our top priority and we encourage residents to adhere to CDC and State guidance and take appropriate measures to prepare for additional impacts as the situation develops.”
FCDPH continues to investigate suspected cases of COVID-19 within the County and continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and local partners in order to provide Fresno County residents accurate information about current risk and how to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses such as Influenza.
To date, Fresno County has confirmed two positive cases of travel-related COVID-19. While the risk to our region remains low, the County encourages the public to adhere to CDC and State recommendations regarding hygiene, travel, social distancing, public gatherings and otherwise to help prevent the further spread of this virus in our community and beyond.
For more information about COVID-19, including the local status, actions being taken, and guidance visit these resources:
- Fresno County Department of Public Health: www.fcdph.org/covid19
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/covid19
- California Department of Public Health: www.cdph.ca.gov/covid19
- Photo – David Pomaville, Director of Fresno County Department of Public Health, addresses the Fresno County Board of Supervisors regarding the Local Emergency declaration and current efforts to respond in Fresno County.