Clarkson Mayor Bonnie Henderson signed an executive order Monday afternoon declaring a state of emergency in the city of Clarkson in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"The city of Clarkson has not yet experienced any major issues as a result of the coronavirus; however, we wanted to be proactive by taking this next step," said Clarkson City Clerk/Treasurer Scotty Gore in a statement. "We felt that the emergency declaration was in the best interests of our citizens, as it will allow the city to be eligible for federal funds and resources should we be directly impacted."

After signing the state of emergency declaration, Henderson also signed an executive order providing leave for city employees diagnosed with COVID-19 or who live with a person or persons diagnosed with COVID-19.  

"With that executive order the city is also wanting to be proactive, even though we have had no issues at this time," Gore said in an email. "However, we want to be prepared in the event something does happen." 

Clarkson's declaration follows those of Leitchfield, Caneyville, and Grayson County government, all of which were signed last week. 

At the time of the publication of this article, Grayson County does not have any positive cases of COVID-19.