Tonight’s regular Board of Osceola County Commissioners meeting has been canceled due to the board not wanting to interfere with the Centers for Disease Controls’ guidance to put off any gatherings of 50 or more people.

That action was taken at an emergency meeting of the board at 10 a.m. this morning, held there as members of the board are also on the county’s Executive Policy Board, which will be issuing an update at noon. The board did pass consent agenda items 4-20 from this evening’s proposed agenda, as well as formally declaring a state of emergency in Osceola County in order to better respond to the COVID-19 epidemic. The declaration makes procuring funds and other relief from state and federal sources easier and faster.

Commissioner Brandon Arrington participated in the morning meeting by phone; he flew in from Ireland on Thursday and is self-isolating according to COVID-19 protocol; he noted s distinct lack of screening measures taken upon his arrival.