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Ferguson Emergency Operations Command (EOC) is following all recommended guidelines that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services Recommends (MHHS).
For more information on the CDC and MHHS guidelines for COVID-19 refer to:
Missouri Health and Human Services: https://health.mo.gov/
Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/
A Message from the Mayor.....
Due to the fast evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to respond quickly to the changing landscape of this emergency, I have decided to declare a state of emergency in the city under the applicable provisions of the city Charter and of State law.
This is not a decision I have made lightly. During my tenure in office, our city has experienced several emergencies including two disastrous tornadoes and a prolonged period of civil unrest. During those events, the emergency declarations by the county and state were sufficient for our purposes. This situation has proven different.
This decision was made after consultation with staff and legal council, and the provisions of this order coincide with immediate needed action requested by city staff and legal council.
Under Chapter 10, Article III of the City ordinances, the Mayor “is empowered in the interest of the public safety and welfare and to preserve the peace and order of the city, to exercise any or all of the powers” listed under section 10-45 of the city code.
As part of this declaration I have ordered Chief Hampton to be appointed the Director of Civil Defense, and to establish an Emergency Operations Center to direct information flow to and from our citizens regarding the pandemic.
Attached is the declaration and the preliminary orders. More orders will likely follow as recommended by federal, state, and county authorities, as well as by Ferguson City staff, to insure the safety of our community and the successful operation of essential city functions.
As our leaders continue to work with medical professionals to chart the best path forward through this crisis, I ask all of our residents to respect the orders being passed down through our National incident command, and recognize these orders are for our protection.
This is a difficult time for our community and our nation. We are fighting a war against an invisible enemy that can only be beaten through the cooperation of all our citizens. Your participation in this effort is paramount, and is necessary for its success.
Ferguson residents and its businesses have proven extremely resilient over the past decade. As we have many times before, I am confident we will prevail.
May God bless you and your families, and may we all pray for the continued protection of our nation.