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Posted on: March 18, 2020

City Manager Declares a City State of Emergency

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Be it known that on this day, pursuant to the authority vested in my office by the City of Whitewater, it is hereby declared that a City State of Emergency exists in the City of Whitewater, Wisconsin, for the following specific reason(s):

  1. A novel strain of the coronavirus emerged in 2019. This virus has caused the disease known as COVID-19. Since its detection, COVID-19 has subsequently spread throughout numerous countries around the world including the United States.
  2. COVID-19 has also impacted Wisconsin with the first case being reported on February 5, 2020 and new cases being reported almost daily.
  3. Governor Tony Evers declared a statewide Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 on March 12, 2020.
  4. The City of Whitewater has joined the local business community and health organizations as well as regional, state and federal governments in efforts to limit the spread of the virus which causes the COVID-19 disease by modifying the provision of municipal services so as to comply with public direction provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and the Office of the Governor for the State of Wisconsin.
  5. The first reported case in Walworth County occurred on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
  6. The City continues to follow through with and adapt operating plans to protect the community from the spread of this disease and to prepare for the long and short-term impacts it may have on the community.
  7. The City anticipates additional costs in capital and human resources as the organization modifies service delivery to maintain the safety of employees, residents and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on these circumstances, I find that the anticipated costs required to fulfill our municipal role will likely exceed available financial resources and thereby cause a hardship for the City of Whitewater. Therefore, the City of Whitewater will be seeking additional financial support to address local needs as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds in the Whitewater area.

Dated: March 18, 2020

Signed by

Cameron Clapper, City Manager

City of Whitewater

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