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Payette County issues emergency declaration

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 16:43:05-04

PAYETTE, COUNTY — The Payette County Board of County Commissioners signed a declaration of emergency for Payette County due to recent coronavirus events. According to a press release, the Board wanted to make sure the community is prepared in case COVID-19 evolves and they receive any possible federal and state assistance.

The Payette County Coordination Center has been activated to a Level 2 in order to continue coordinating with agencies within Payette County and the State of Idaho.

The Southwest Health District is the primary agency for this event and any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 virus should be directed to them at (208) 455-5411. The Payette County Emergency Coordination Center has been activated to assist the Southwest Health District and the citizens in Payette County who may be directly impacted by this event.

The Payette County Sheriff's Office and Office of Emergency Management stresses there is no reason to panic. The activation of the Emergency Coordination Center and the declaration is to provide the county with the ability to request assistance and funding as it becomes available.

The sheriff's office encourages any resident who have not signed up for the Payette County CodeRed to do so. You can sign up for those alerts here.