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Spokane Elected Officials Declare State Of Emergency

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The governments in Spokane County today [Monday] invoked an emergency situation due to the coronavirus. Correspondent Nick Deshais watched a news conference held to announce that.

“The county declared an emergency. Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward said we’re in an emergency. They all said it’s now time to come together as a community, to prepare for, as Ozzie Knezovich said, the sheriff, it could be two weeks of disruption or it could be two months of disruption."

The county says the declarations are a procedural move meant to make it easier to deploy some forms of funding. Also, that will give more flexibility in working with people covered by current labor agreements.


Nick Deshais previously served as the Inland Northwest correspondent for SPR, Northwest Public Broadcasting and the Northwest News Network.
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