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City of Coppell Extends Declaration of a State of Emergency Through April 28, 2020
Based on the amended Order from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the Coppell City Council voted to adopt a resolution to further amend the City of Coppell Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster for a Public Health Emergency and accompanying Orders and extend the state of disaster through April 28, 2020. It is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private healthcare providers to handle the influx of new patients and to protect the most vulnerable members of the Coppell community. To comply with this Order and the recommendations, the City of Coppell is taking the following steps. All closures will be in place through April 28, 2020, unless otherwise specified. All closures are subject to change as circumstances warrant. Citywide Closures and Impacts
“While this is a serious situation, I continue to urge the community to remain calm,” added Hunt. “The declaration and amendment of local state of disaster allows the City access to necessary state and federal resources, including financial resources.” According to City Attorney Bob Hager, the Mayor is granted statutory authority to declare a state of disaster by Section 418.108 of the Texas Government Code governing emergency operations for the city. However, State law dictates that a Mayoral declaration must expire on the seventh day after it’s issuance. Therefore, at the March 18, 2020 Special Called City Council Meeting, the Coppell City Council voted to extend the state of disaster through April 28, 2020. The Council may amend or rescind the declaration and Orders at any time. In addition to extending the timeframe for the state of disaster, the Coppell City Council also voted to further amend the Mayoral declaration and Orders. On March 18, 2020, Dallas County further amended its Orders. Therefore, the Council took action to update the City of Coppell’s Orders to match those handed down by the County. “Dallas County has imposed further measures to flatten the curve and slow the spread of the virus,” said Hunt. “The safety of our residents and our community is our top priority. Continue to take simple, precautionary measures that will help keep you and our community safe: wash your hands, avoid touching your face and stay home if you are feeling sick. Our emergency service teams are prepared to respond, and we have plans in place to ensure that the city continues to operate through the pandemic.” This is a rapidly evolving situation, and updates will be made as new information becomes available. The City of Coppell is working closely with community partners, including Coppell ISD, to keep the community informed. Visit coppelltx.gov/coronavirus for the latest information about closures and community impacts. For more information about COVID-19, precautionary actions you can take or what to do if you fall ill, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/.