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INYO COUNTY, CA (February 6, 2023) –

RECISSION OF MARCH 16, 2020 DECLARATION OF LOCAL HEALTH EMERGENCY REGARDING THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Effective: Monday, February 27, 2023 as of 11:59 pm

WHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the Secretary of Health & Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency, under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 247d) in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19); and

WHEREAS, on March 4, 2020, the Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested by the State Constitution and statutes, including the California Emergency Services Act, and Government Code Section 8625, proclaimed a State of Emergency in California in response to COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that the COVID-19 outbreak met characterizations to be declared a worldwide pandemic; and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Inyo County Health Officer, declared a local health emergency regarding COVID-19 under California Health and Safety Code Section 101080; and

WHEREAS, the Federal Government, along with State and Local governments, undertook preventive and proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus and treat those affected, including the release of policies and orders to accelerate and streamline the acquisition of personal protective equipment, surge supplies and resources, and bringing new diagnostic capabilities to laboratories; and

WHEREAS, based on current pandemic metrics and available mitigation resources, the Inyo County Health Officer is prepared to rescind the March 16, 2020 Declaration of Local Emergency as of 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2023, and resume public health guidance and response efforts that align with current and future State Department of Public Health orders, as well as current and future guidance and requirements of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CalOSHA); and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of California, has announced a plan to declare an end to the California COVID-19 State of Emergency on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, and resume public health guidance and response efforts that align with current and future federal Health & Human Services and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance and requirements; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States, has announced the intent to end the national emergency and public health emergency declarations on Thursday, May 11, 2023, related to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

NOW, THEREFORE, THE HEALTH OFFICER OF THE COUNTY OF INYO DECLARES that the Local Health Emergency issued March 16, 2020 shall end as Monday, February 27, 2023, at 11:59 pm.