Commissioners extend Clarion County emergency declaration

Clarion County commissioners on Tuesday extended the county’s COVID-19 emergency declaration through March 31, 2021.

The declaration streamlines the county’s response to the pandemic and allows the county to engage in emergency management measures that may be required to be proactive to reduce the potential severity of the pandemic and to “protect the health, safety and welfare of the affected residents of Clarion County.”

The declaration also suspends certain “time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law.” Items suspended pertain to public works, entering into contracts, incurring obligations, hiring temporary workers, renting equipment, purchasing supplies and materials and levying taxes.

Meanwhile, the county’s declaration of judicial emergency order issued in November by President Judge Sara Seidle-Patton has also been extended into the new year by Seidle-Patton.

That order says the county is “currently experiencing a substantial increase in COVID-19 cases” and that the court operations were being impacted, which made it difficult to “effectuate court proceedings in the usual manner.”