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Council passes COVID-19 state of emergency

Proclamation cites concerns related to mental health


September 15, 2021

Proclamation cites concerns related

to mental health

By Benny Westcott

Of The New Era

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 7, voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 22, proclaiming a “state of emergency” regarding the COVID-19 emergency response.

The proclamation attributed “social distancing and prolonged isolation, combined with unemployment and other stressors,” to “increased cases of domestic abuse calls to the Sweet Home Police Department by 24% in 2020.” It also noted that the department recorded a 131% increase in mental-health calls in 2020 over 2019 and...

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