SOMERSET/DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Like state government, cities and counties across the region are changing operations and limiting in-person contact with the public while still trying to provide services.
It’s all part of a broad effort to limit contact in an effort to curb the potential spread of the coronavirus.
They’ve turned to public meetings, the media and social media to try to reach as many constituents as possible.
For instance, Somerset Mayor Alan Keck posted a video on Facebook announcing closings, such as the city’s Energy Center, to walk-in guests. He urged citizens to call ahead or use drive-through windows at city offices, when needed.
Boyle County officials hosted a live press conference Tuesday morning on Facebook Live and Youtube to explain what the county is doing in conjunction with Danville and smaller communities in the county. Like others, city and county office public access are limited.
Boyle County Judge Executive Howard Hunt III urged residents to visit the county’s Web site — www.boyleky.com and www.danvilleky.gov — for information on local response and help. He also said residents can call 859-936-6865 for information and assistance, although he reminded people that is not 9-1-1.
The city of Danville also is not turning off utilities and in some cases, is turning utilities back on. All city buildings are closed to the public, but offices can be reached by phone and online. Parks remain open.
The Gathering Place adult day care center is suspended until March 30. But meal pickup service will be available there between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. starting March 23.
“We’re going to win this, it’s not going to last forever,” said Hunt, who as a National Guardsman has responded to more than 20 emergency responses such as disasters.
Somerset is similar.
“Pay your bills. Ask questions,” Keck said in his statement. “And if you need the [police department], I would encourage you to please call ahead, but you can also come through the drive-thru, and we’ll have somebody from the police department come and answer your questions or tend to you the best that they can.”
That came after Pulaski County Judge-Executive Steve Kelley announced at a press conference Monday he was declaring a state of emergency to enable the county to better respond.
The emergency extends through April 16.