Manatee County Commissioners to consider local state of emergency declaration Monday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m.

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MANATEE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO CONSIDER LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION MONDAY, MARCH 16 AT 1:30 P.M.
Posted on 03/15/2020
Manatee County Commissioners will meet Monday, March 16 at 1:30 p.m. to declare a local state of emergency, giving government officials the ability to respond more quickly and efficiently to meet needs related to the coronavirus when they arise in our community.

The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the in the Honorable Patricia M. Glass Chambers on the first floor of the County Administration Building at 1112 Manatee Avenue West.

County Administrator Cheri Coryea asked those who are planning business at public buildings but who are sick to use the County's new 3-1-1 call center instead of leaving home. The new 3-1-1 features one-call resolution to help address citizen questions and requests for help.

Coryea has directed County department heads to consider allowing more flexible work schedules and work-from-home options for employees. Internal and outside meetings are being rescheduled as conference calls and webinars, when possible. All Manatee County Government facilities remain open to the public on Monday, with hand sanitizer or wipes near most entrances.

As of today, four Manatee County residents have either had a presumed-positive test result or have a confirmed case. The patients are being cared for and will all remain isolated until being cleared by public health officials. Two new cases from Saturday include:
A 67-year old female in Manatee County has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. This is a travel-related case associated with domestic travel.
A 62-year old female in Manatee County has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is isolated and will continue to remain isolated until cleared by public health officials. This is not a travel-related case.

For local updates on the coronavirus, visit www.floridahealth.gov/COVID-19 or www.mymanatee.org/coronavirus