This morning at 9:06 a.m. Logan County Judge-Executive, Logan Chick and Russellville City Mayor, Mark Stratton signed a “Declaration of a Local State of Emergency” in the form of a joint Executive Order.

Discussion between the two officials has been ongoing throughout the week and both agree this is a necessary step to take to protect our community in light of the growing number of cases of the COVID-19 virus in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, specifically with a case identified in a neighboring county.

To date there are no confirmed cases in Logan County. This measure is being taken in preparation for what might come as the virus spreads throughout the state and country.

The declaration allows Logan County and the City of Russellville to make swift decisions as new hurdles arise, putting our community in a better position to protect the public regardless of the day or time. Having this appropriately signed and in place will allow application for federal aid and to receive emergency expenses as they become necessary and available.

Presently, both the county judge-executive and the mayor feel the community is in a good place in terms of what is going on across the state and country, and continue to work together with local governments, emergency management, local health care providers, and local and regional health departments to address this situation.

"The citizens of this community are asked to be good partners with local government and observe the directives of the CDC, the governor of the state of Kentucky, and the president of the United States. If we all work together as a community we will be much more successful in making it through what is surely a difficult and unprecedented time," said County Attorney Joe Ross.