Broward County declared a state of emergency Tuesday, after a fourth county resident tested positive for novel coronavirus.
The county brought its emergency operations center in Plantation to a Level 2 activation level at noon, which involves the partial mobilization of emergency service personnel. A Level 1 emergency would involve the full activation of all emergency personnel, with everyone involved expected to be at their posts at the emergency operations center or elsewhere in the county.
"COVID-19 constitutes a clear and present threat to the health and welfare of the people of Broward County,” stated a declaration of emergency signed at 12:25 p.m. by County Administrator Bertha Henry. The emergency declaration lasts for seven days, unless extended or canceled.