Washington County and Hagerstown officials Monday declared local states of emergency because of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Washington County Commissioner President Jeff Cline announced the Washington County declaration at a news conference Monday afternoon. Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey announced the city’s declaration of a civil emergency in a news release later Monday. Both declarations became effective immediately.
Cline assured that this declaration will allow for greater coordination between government, health care providers and public safety personnel as they address the COVID-19,” “It is no cause for panic.”