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Suwannee County commissioners call emergency meeting over influx of COVID-19 cases

Posted at 7:45 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 19:45:53-04

SUWANNEE COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — On Thursday, the Suwannee County Board of Commissioners called an emergency meeting after the news that nearly all of the county's cases of the coronavirus are connected.

Part of that emergency meeting was to figure out how to implement the state's new safer-at-home order. Commissioners also discussed those seven confirmed cases in the county.

While the health department says six of those cases are connected, they have not said how.

At least one county commissioner went on Facebook saying the cases were all connected to the same facility.

When asked whether the county commissioners would take action to close a facility identified as having multiple cases, board chairman Lynn Stapleton said it would be up to the state.

"As a county or as a board," said Stapleton, "it's above us already. There's people in place monitoring what's going on there."

Commissioners say at this time they are focused on protecting communities in the county.

"People have come in and they're monitoring the situation," Stapleton said, "and making sure that they're following the guidelines, and safety and concern, and for us to keep the outside world safe."