The Grundy County Commission has declared a state of emergency for Grundy County until further notice in recognizing the threat posed by COVID-19. The commission encourages everyone to do their part in lowering the curve as resources are and will continue to be limited.
Under the declaration, the commission asks the public limit activity to the courthouse in Trenton. Residents who can handle business over the phone should do so by calling 660-359-4040. Those needing to contact the assessor can email email@example.com, and those needing to contact the collector-treasurer can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone who has symptoms of the Coronavirus is asked to stay home. Residents can use the dropbox on the north side of the courthouse to drop off tax payments.
The commission also orders all public events with 10 or more people present to be prohibited. The prohibition does not currently apply to daily activities of churches, schools, or other businesses. Those organizations are urged to consult with public health officials and follow recommended actions.
Grundy County employees who are quarantined or test positive for COVID-19 will be paid straight time and will not have hours deducted from personal leave.
Grundy County Ambulance personnel will wear white Tyvek suits while on calls that meet the criteria that dictate extra precautions until further notice for the well-being of the patient and care providers. County Commissioner Joe Brinser notes Grundy County Dispatch will ask questions to pre-screen patients and relay that information to ambulance personnel.
The public is encouraged to follow current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, listen to health department recommendations, remain calm, and avoid hoarding supplies, as there are no current supply chain issues.
The Grundy County Commission expects bipartisan support from the federal level. Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray says the commission hopes to overextend efforts but not overextend resources.
On another matter, the Grundy County Commission met with a representative from the Road and Bridge Department. The bridge on Southwest Eighth Avenue, also known as the Cotton Bridge, will be closed until it can be repaired.