WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, the President of the United States, pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, 50 U.S.C. 1601, et seq., has declared that the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) constitutes a national emergency; and, 

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued Proclamation Number 25 JBE regarding the Public Health Emergency – COVID-19, declaring an imminent threat posed to Louisiana citizens by the virus, creating emergency conditions that threaten the lives and health of the citizens of the State of Louisiana, pursuant to La. R.S. 29:76; and, 

WHEREAS, the Town of Woodworth in Rapides Parish may be greatly affected or has been greatly affected by the virus “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes, Coronavirus Disease 2019(COVID-19), and the disease may pose and imminent threat to the Town of Woodworth and threaten the safety and security of the citizens of the Town of Woodworth; and, 

WHEREAS, the Town of Woodworth may activate any necessary emergency plans and activities in response to this event and that this may exceed the parish’s capability to respond to this possibly life threatening crisis, and as such the Town of Woodworth takes this measure in order to participate in any response and recovery plan administered by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and their power to act as administrator, as per La. R.S. 29:767, and pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance Act as amended, La R.S. 29:721, et seq.; 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020 and continuing until Monday, April 13, 2020, pursuant to the authority granted in La. R.S. 29:737, at State of Public Health Emergency is hereby declared for the Town of Woodworth. 

Thus, done and signed on this 23rd day of March, 2020. 

Mayor, David C. Butler, II
Town of Woodworth, Louisiana

Town of Woodworth - Declaration of State of Emergency (pdf)