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Moscow issues coronavirus Emergency Proclamation

The move comes as an effort to prepare the city for the possible spread of coronavirus.

PULLMAN, Wash. — Moscow Mayor Bill Lambert has issued an Emergency Proclamation due to the coronavirus outbreak.

According to a press release, Lambert issued the proclamation on Friday, which allows the city to prepare for an emergency.

"It is critical that our city is prepared to respond in the event of an emergency, and COVID-19 is such an emergency," Lambert said in the release. "The protection of our citizens and the provision of essential city services is the main mission of city government."

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, in Latah County.

Pullman declares State of Emergency

On Thursday, Pullman Mayor Glenn Johnson declared a State of Emergency.

The emergency declaration facilitates potential future assistance related to COVID-19, more commonly known as coronavirus. This includes assistance from the Small Business Administration, and access to regional and state resources.

The declaration is a means to ensure all necessary resources will be available, according to a statement from the city.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Whitman County. 

The city has also opened an Emergency Operations Center at the Pullman Police Department, which will manage emergency-related information and resources as needed.

Mayor Johnson also urged Pullman residents to continue supporting local business.

“This support is critical to maintaining our local economy, and he knows that our local businesses have instituted additional measures to protect employees’ and consumers’ health. The City of Pullman will help connect businesses to loans as they become available from the SBA,” the city’s statement reads.

Thirty people have died and at least 366 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Washington state. More than 3,000 people have tested negative.

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