In a special board meeting, the Washington County Board voted to extend the disaster declaration that was signed into practice last week.
The disaster declaration, the first in the county, was implemented due to the growing health concerns surrounding the further outbreak of the coronavirus.
The first declaration was put in place for seven days. The vote at Tuesday meeting was open-ended, meaning it would require a separate board approval to be lifted.
According to a press release, the declaration “enacts the emergency operations plan and unlocks access to resources, equipment, and personnel in order to assist residents of Washington County.
The Declaration will allow for greater collaboration with local, state, and federal governments. It also positions the county to access support from the federal government when additional
resources are necessary and with federal funding that is becoming available.”
The courthouse and judicial center have been closed to the public. It had previously been opened after those who entered passed a screening.
The Nashville News will continue to update on this story as well as others surrounding the coronavirus crisis as more information becomes available.