Lewis and Clark County lifts COVID emergency declaration

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Hundreds of people in Phase 1B lined up at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds on Jan. 19 for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

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The Lewis and Clark County Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday morning that lifted its emergency declaration enacted March 13, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Whereas, the COVID-19 public health emergency … continues to be present in the County and surrounding area but is no longer an imminent threat,” the resolution states. The resolution goes on to say “the COVID-19 virus is now a vaccine preventable disease and can be adequately addressed with existing resources … be it resolved by the Lewis and Clark County Board of County Commissioners that the public health emergency is hereby terminated…”

“We’re moving forward. We have a system that can address and respond better. We have the vaccine at our disposal,” County Commissioner and Chairman Andy Hunthausen said ahead of the vote, urging continued caution by the entire community. “It doesn’t

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