Ald. Finlayson Wants OEM Director Kevin Simmons To Be Consulted With By Anne Arundel County Department of Health for Annapolis’ Needs
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin) – WNAV—Annapolis City Fourth Ward Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson says that Annapolis needs a seat at the table when it comes to getting all the PPE, rapid covid19 test kits, and other healthcare provisions from the state.
She says that the director of the city’s Office of Emergency Management, Kevin Simmons needs a seat at the table when the health officer for Anne Arundel County, which the city shares with the county, and state officials pow-wow about emergency declarations and the needs of communities.
Ms. Finlayson, who regularly travels by plane to check in on elderly relatives in Wisconsin, tells WNAV that the city needs 10-thousand rapid test kits per week to ensure that residents, tourists, and members of the statehouse and senate who live in the city for the next few weeks while they are in session, can have what they need to safely travel and interact with others.
Ms. Finlayson says that she would not be surprised if Mayor Gavin Buckley, who just declared a state of Emergency in Annapolis, would enact a mask mandate in the coming days. The Alderwoman says that the Mayor talked to each of the 8 council members before declaring the state of emergency and says that he was fearful that many restaurants and others in the hospitality business in the city would get out of business during the current spike in Covid19 hospitalizations and infections.
Currently, the city shares a health department with Anne Arundel County.
Rita Rich WNAV News.
Sidebar: Ms. Finlayson says when she flies she makes sure she has a window seat so that she’s less exposed to other people as they walk past her row in the airplane’s aisles. In addition to wearing a facemask, the alderwoman says she wears a clear face shield. She has rapid covid19 test kits in her carry-on so that she is sure that she will not infect anybody whom she visits during Christmas.