The Hubbard County Board extended its declaration of local emergency at a special meeting Thursday afternoon.

Board Chair Charlene Christenson initially issued the declaration on March 23, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Allowed by Minnesota statute, Hubbard County Coordinator Eric Nerness explained that it’s “really done solely for the purpose of permitting us greater flexibility in making purchases and signing other necessary agreements to ensure continuity in business operations.”

The declaration states that regular and special board meetings “shall be maintained, whether by reducing the number of in-person participants, or by telephone or electronic means, until such time and circumstances make it impractical to do so.”

The state of emergency will be in effect “as long as the State of Minnesota’s peacetime emergency declaration remains in effect” or until terminated by the Hubbard County Board.