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Posted on: March 13, 2020

Orange County declares State of Emergency in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Board of Orange County Commissioners 2019

Orange County has declared a state of emergency to better enable county emergency and public safety personnel to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration was signed by Penny Rich, Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners, and goes into effect immediately.

“Essential public safety services will not be affected, but many non-essential services will be impacted by efforts to promote social distancing,” said Rich. "We appreciate the community’s understanding."

A state of emergency declaration is issued for the safety and well-being of residents. The declaration allows a county to implement emergency procedures and is the initial step for receiving state or federal resources or reimbursements, should it be needed.

The declaration will remain in effect unless it is modified or rescinded.

  • Click here to read the declaration.
  • Click here for more information about the county’s response to COVID-19

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