Emergency declaration 'opens up another set of toolboxes' for Douglas County

The declaration will allow the county to be more flexible, officials said.

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 7:04 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19, and officials say it'll allow them to be more flexible.

The declaration was made Saturday, and it was ratified Monday morning.

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County officials said it will allow more flexibility in how services are managed in order to serve residents effectively.

They said the declaration could include authority to waive normal bid contracts or speed up the process to purchase items that could help during the emergency.

“It opens up another set of toolboxes that allows county government and elected officials to use in an emergency situation,” said Wayne Stinson, the emergency manager for Douglas County.

Stinson said the emergency declaration will be effective until Commissioners deem it’s no longer necessary.

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