March 13, 2020

Commissioner's statement on Declaration of Disaster Emergency

Union County Commissioners today approved a Declaration of Disaster Emergency effective immediately. The document’s primary purpose is to support our area’s healthcare institutions and emergency responders and for the county and its residents to be better prepared to manage the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.  

As of Friday afternoon, there were no reports of Patients Under Investigation (PUI), Suspected or Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Union County. We are aware of the cases in other counties, which has prompted the Union County’s Emergency Management Coordinator to formally request the Declaration of Disaster Emergency.

Members of the public should refrain from making panic purchases which only complicate our healthcare system’s ability to provide care to those in need from the public.

We request that the public focus on general safety actions as recommended by the CDC.  Those safety actions can be found on www.unioncountypa.orgwww.cdc.gov or Health.pa.gov.

Follow public health advice such as increased handwashing, avoiding crowds, limiting travel, and other social distancing procedures.

The Union County Declaration of Disaster Emergency document is available HERE.

Union County, with assistance from its leadership, are completing protocols to enable Union County staff to continue to provide essential county services to the public while minimizing exposure to the virus.  The protocols include restricted travel and meetings, and requirements for self-quarantining in the event of flu-like illnesses.  These protocols are designed to be flexible to meet the essential needs through various virus phases.