FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The city of Freeport announced on Tuesday that it declared a local state of emergency and disaster exists in Freeport, Illinois. Pursuant to Illinois Municipal Code, 20 ILCS 3305/11 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, Section 226.07(i) of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Freeport, and the City’s power as a Home Rule Municipality, Freeport Mayor Jodi Miller, the Mayor of the City of Freeport, declared that a local state of emergency and disaster exists as of this date, March 24, 2020 and shall continue until March 31, 2020.
This Declaration may be renewed for additional periods of up to seven (7) days, as circumstances dictate. The specific reasons for this Declaration are as follows:
The nature of the emergency is the continued spread of COVID-19, a contagious virus for which there is currently no vaccine and which, if contracted can cause severe respiratory illness and is sometimes fatal. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 to be an international public health emergency and on March 11, 2020 declared the existence of a worldwide pandemic. On March 9, 2020, the Governor of the State of Illinois issued a disaster proclamation pertaining to COVID-19, and activated the State Emergency Operations Center. On March 20, 2020, the Governor of the State of Illinois issued a Stay at Home Order directing residents to stay home whenever possible and directing all non-essential businesses to be closed. Individuals in Stephenson County have been confirmed to have contracted the COVID-19 virus. New cases of COVID-19 are announced daily throughout the Country. Significant challenges will be presented in coming weeks, and it is important that the City be prepared in any way possible to work with Federal, State and County agencies to ensure the quickest response to, and recovery from, this crisis.
“During the existence of the Local State of Emergency and Disaster, I shall execute such authority as Mayor as provided under the Illinois Municipal Code, the Illinois Emergency Management Act, and applicable sections of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Freeport.”
This Declaration of Local State of Emergency and Disaster will be filed with the City Clerk as soon as practicable.