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Ionia County extends state of emergency due to COVID

County board also opposes community mental health redesign plans

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners have extended a local state of emergency due to increasing COVID cases until Dec. 31.

Board Chairman David Hodges declared a state of emergency for the county on Monday, but can only authorize it for seven days, according to the state’s Emergency Management Act. On Tuesday, at their regular meeting, commissioners voted to renew that declaration through the end of the year.

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Ionia County has declared a state of emergency after being hit by two tornadoes on Saturday, along with ongoing extensive rainfall.

Ionia County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Hodges of Belding declared a state of emergency on Tuesday morning and the county board voted 6-0 on Tuesday afternoon (with Commissioner Karen Banks absent) to extend it for 30 days through July 29. Without the extension, the state of emergency would expire in seven days.