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By Sandy Schroth

Commissioners declare pandemic disaster


April 23, 2020

Sandy Schroth

Storage • A refrigerated trailer purchased by Antelope County sheriff Bob Moore sits in the county impound yard in Neligh. The trailer was purchased to serve as a makeshift morgue should COVID-19 fatalities exceed local funeral facilities' ability to store bodies.

After seeking advice from county attorney Joe Abler, the Antelope County commissioners approved issuing a COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration for Antelope County, beginning Jan. 31, and continuing, per recommendation of the Nebraska Association of County Officials.

The attorney was called after county clerk, Lisa Payne, suggested the declaration be backdated to January. After further discussion and Abler's input, the declaration was approved unanimously and dated April 14, but covered disaster conditions that began as early as Jan. 31.

The county leaders authorized payment of a $10,000 c...

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