First, words like States of Emergency and shelter in place don’t mean “lockdown” or “martial law”. Often, a state of emergency is declared because it makes it legally easier to receive disaster assistance. At the moment, the City of Twin Falls is down a couple of firefighters. They were exposed last week to a patient with COVID-19. The city doesn’t have a lot of firefighters to spare. And as some of you know, voters rejected plans for construction of detox units at fire stations. These would be used by staff returning from calls. Twin Falls County will today join the city in considering a State of Emergency.
It’ll be at the ready if and when the county would need to respond to a potential outbreak. This could happen among county departments and offices or even inside an overcrowded jail. The latter would require protective gear for medical personnel and Jail Deputies.