‘This is not a crisis’: Kootenai County Emergency Management gives update on COVID-19 response

  • Source: KXLY-TV ABC 4 Spokane
  • Published: 03/17/2020 12:00 AM

Kootenai County Emergency Management held a press conference addressing the county’s response to COVID-19 developments. The Board of County Commissioners issued a disaster declaration on Sunday, which opened an Emergency Operation Center (EOC) for a coordinated response, and provides county-wide resources for first responders with Panhandle Health and Kootenai Health. Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger said there was “a lot of fake news out there,” and stresses that there is no plan to close state borders, or to close Interstate 90 at State Line—contrary, he said, to information people may see on social media. Sheriff Wolfinger also noted that Emergency Management is working with school districts to determine their next steps.


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