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...