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CHEROKEE COUNTY DECLARATION OF A LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCYWHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic due to the COVID-19 virus, AKA the novel Coronavirus; andWHEREAS, The President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, has declared a national state of emergency due to the outbreak of COVID-19; andWHEREAS, The Governor of the State of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, has declared a statewide state of emergency due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pursuant to the authority vested in him by NCGS Chapter 166A; andWHEREAS, Cherokee County Emergency Management has an Emergency Operations Plan in place and has been working with Cherokee County Public Health, Cherokee County Administration, North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM), North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to implement the plan when and if COVID-19 appeared in Cherokee County; andWHEREAS, the health and safety of the citizens and visitors of Cherokee County are of paramount concern to the government of Cherokee County; andWHEREAS, an imminent threat to public health now exists within the confines of Cherokee County; andWHEREAS, North Carolina General Statute 166A-19.22 vests authority in local governments to declare states of emergency in case of an imminent threat to the public health. WHEREFORE, The Honorable Roy Dickey, Chairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, pursuant to the powers vested in me under Chapter 166A, Article 1A does hereby:1. Declare a State of Emergency within the confines of Cherokee County.2. A copy of this declaration and subsequent executive orders issued under authority of this declaration shall be posted at county facilities, on Cherokee County’s website and shall be distributed by the County Manager to local media outlets. 3. That this declaration shall be effective upon signing and shall remain in effect until rescinded or modified.4. No restrictions or prohibitions allowable under North Carolina General Statutes are warranted nor implemented at this time.5. This declaration will not in any way restrict, amend, abolish or diminish any of the individual rights protected and secured by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights of the United States.This the 23rd day of March 2020 at 12:00 pm.Roy DickeyChairman of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners