Joseph Kaimann, Presiding Commissioner of Lincoln County, Missouri announced this morning a formal State of Emergency Proclamation in support of efforts throughout Lincoln County to slow the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This Proclamation allows the County the option of implementing measures deemed necessary for protection of life and property and the effective overall management of the emergency. Some of those options include, but are certainly not limited to:

- Transferring the direction, personnel or functions of county departments and agencies for the purposes of performing or facilitating response activities.

- Utilizing all available resources of the county as may be reasonably necessary to cope with a disaster

- Requiring the emergency services of response organizations in Lincoln County.

In light of the ongoing Pandemic, the likelihood that the situation will continue to evolve rapidly and perhaps in unprecedented ways, and with this Proclamation now in force, we hope everyone understands the importance of complying with any emergency measures that may be implemented.

Additionally, we continue to urge everyone to practice the common-sense non-pharmaceutical interventions recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include:

- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick

- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care