Grundy County Commission presented updates on COVID-19 from various agencies

Grundy County Courthouse Trenton Missouri

The Grundy County Commission heard reports on Tuesday regarding COVID-19.

Grundy County Emergency Management Director Glen Briggs said Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Declaration 4490 is now open, and applications are due by April 25th. The major disaster declaration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Missouri was declared Thursday and involves public assistance being used to reimburse eligible expenditures made by local governments, non-profit organizations, and the state.

The State Emergency Management Agency has requested personal protective equipment, and the request is reported to be in progress. Personal protective equipment is used by fire departments, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and coroners.

In a conference call, Ambulance Director Steve Tracy reported extra precautions and equipment are being used in Grundy County, including in-depth disinfecting. Changes have occurred daily.

During a conference call, Elizabeth Gibson with the Grundy County Health Department reported there are no known cases of COVID-19 in the county. She believes it will only be a matter of time before there is a confirmed case in Grundy County. There are confirmed cases in Livingston and Harrison counties. A county-wide infrastructure call is held each Wednesday to update entities on the pandemic.

Presiding Commissioner Phillip Ray reported the Grundy County Commission has elected to engage in a class-action lawsuit against those legally responsible for the wrongful manufacture and distribution of prescription opiates and damages caused by them. He said no local businesses have or will be named as defendants, and the litigation focuses on opioid manufacturers and wholesale distributors. Ray noted other counties listed in the lawsuit as of March 9th included Adair, Clinton, and Ray

Ray reported the Road and Bridge Department is continuing to repair various sites affected by last year’s flooding and funded by FEMA. CART rock funds are being issued and will be sent out to entities immediately.

The commission is accepting bids for a 2013 Ford F-250 extended cab 4 by 4 pickup with a utility bed with 120,000 to 125,000 miles. Sealed bids are due to the county commission by the morning of April 7th at 8:30.