Hopkins County Judge Robert Newsom has issued a Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency for Hopkins County in response to COVID-19.
The declaration for the public health issue will take effect immediately as of 3:30 pm today. This order will be considered for continuation at 9 am on Monday by the Hopkins County Commissioners Court.
The county recommends that all gatherings should adhere to current CDC recommendations and guidelines. Organizers are to cancel or postpone any in-person social events that expect a gathering of more than ten people. This does not apply to normal operation of businesses such as restaurants or retail unless it’s regarding a party or large gathering at the business.
Newsom commented, “This declaration was not made lightly. After conferring with the hospital officials, emergency management personnel, the city and the county, school personnel, as well with the Sheriff’s Office and others that are involved with protecting this county.”
Newsom and Hopkins County Emergency Coordinator Andy Endsley stressed the need for social distancing(keeping 6-10 feet apart from other individuals) in a press briefing after the announcement. SSPD Chief Jason Ricketson added that we need to all do our part to flatten the curve to ease the burden on our medical facility.
If you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, HCEM is recommending to first call into your primary physician to see if an office trip is warranted. This will help keep our medical resources from being overwhelmed.
There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Hopkins County as of 4:30 pm today.
You can read the full declaration below.