Douglas County opens emergency command center

County officials said the response team consists of people from a number of organizations across Douglas County.

Posted: Apr 1, 2020 7:25 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore.— Douglas County leaders have opened a command center dedicated to responding to emergency situations surrounding COVID-19.

Some of those situations could range from managing county finances or obtaining medical supplies for the area.

“The structure isn’t specific to any particular incident,” said Commissioner Tim Freeman. “It works for all incidents. We’re just adapting that to the public heath response.”

It is located on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse. The building is currently closed to the public and most employees, except for those working in the command center.

County officials said the response team consists of people from a number of organizations across Douglas County.

Some of those organizations include Mercy Medical Center, Aviva Health, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Evergreen Family Medicine.

Commissioner Freeman said they hired KC Bolton to act as their command officer for the project. Bolton is normally the CEO of Aviva Health in Douglas County.

Commissioner Freeman said Bolton was selected due to his 28-year experience in the U.S. Army’s medical department.

“It’s truly an exercise of understanding what resources you have,” said Bolton. “Understanding the needs and marrying those up in the smartest way possible.”

Commissioner Freeman said they’ll run the command center for as long as they need to.

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