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File #: RES 20-874    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/10/2020
Title: Affirming the Extension of Declaration of Local Emergency issued June 8, 2020 by Mayor Melvin Carter III.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen
Attachments: 1. Emergency Declaration COVID-19 Extension
Related files: RES 20-550, RES 20-1249

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Affirming the Extension of Declaration of Local Emergency issued June 8, 2020 by Mayor Melvin Carter III.

 

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WHEREAS, Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly known as COVID-19, a respiratory disease-that can result in serious illness or death, is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 15, 2020, Mayor Carter declared under the authority given in Minnesota Statutes § 12.29, that a local emergency exists within Saint Paul, effective March 15, 2020, with all the powers and responsibilities attending thereto as provided by Chapter 12, Minnesota Statute, and Saint Paul Legislative Code, Chapter 13; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Saint Paul City Council, in Res 20-550 approved that declaration and extended the emergency for ninety days, until June 15, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to present an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge to our City. As of June 1, 2020, there have been 3,507 reported cases of COVID-19 in Ramsey County, and 155 deaths; and

 

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-01 and declared a peacetime emergency under Minnesota Statutes § 12.31, subdivision 2. On April 13, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-35, extending the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01. On May 13, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-25 extending the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-10 through June 13, 2020; and

 

WHEREAS, during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency, Mayor Carter has exercised executive authority through more than ten Executive Orders to provide relief and further prepare our City for the COVID-19 Pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, these Executive Orders remain in effect only as long as the emergency continues; and

 

WHEREAS, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Public Health continue to recommend social distancing, source-control and cleaning measures, detailed plans for businesses, and that any individual with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low; and

 

WHEREAS, during this pandemic, it is possible that individuals who are not diagnosed with COVID-19 will be placed in quarantine to control or prevent further spread of COVID-19; and

 

WHEREAS, the necessary resources to respond to and recover from this pandemic will exceed those resources available within the City, and additional resources will be needed from Ramsey County, and state and federal sources;

 

WHEREAS, on June 8, 2020, Mayor Melvin Carter III again declared a local state of emergency pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 12.29; and

 

WHEREAS, Minn. Stat. § 12.29 and St. Paul Administrative Code § 13.06 provide that a local state of emergency not be continued for a period in excess of three days except by, or with, the consent of City Council; and

 

WHEREAS, Council finds it necessary to continue the state of emergency; and

 

WHEREAS, in the judgement of the Council immediate consideration of the emergency declaration is required; now therefore be it

 

RESOLVED, that Council hereby continues the local state of emergency for a period of 90 days. 

 

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