City appoints coronavirus response coordinator

Spread out to reduce contact, City managers meet this morning for a briefing on COVID-19 and the City's response.

COVINGTON, Ky. - Covington Mayor Joe Meyer appointed a Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the City today to bring urgency and efficiency to efforts to protect residents, businesses, visitors, and staff from the COVID-19 pandemic.

A day after declaring a formal State of Emergency, the Mayor used his emergency powers to sign an executive order appointing Assistant City Manager Bruce Applegate to the position.
"Bruce will help bring cohesion and efficiency to the City's efforts," the Mayor said. "And we need a reliable and accurate source of information for everybody in Covington."
Under the order, Applegate will: 
  • Serve as the point of contact for members of the public, government officials, City staff, and others.
  • Serve as an additional liaison for relevant local government agencies such as the Northern Kentucky Health Department and Kenton County Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 
  • Receive, collect and organize all relevant information and documents and work with appropriate staff and officials to prioritize matters for action through subsequent Executive Orders. 
  • Be responsible for the coordination of all crisis-related information and documents and ensure there is a common and consistent interpretation for citizens, business owners, officials and staff during this crisis.
The Mayor's order also directs that department heads and other senior staff gather for a daily briefing to evaluate City needs, concerns, issues and resources.
Applegate said his priorities were safety and stability.
"As a City, staff are committed to keeping our citizens safe and protecting their economic security by helping our businesses survive this unprecedented time," he said. "By coordinating our response, we will make sure that we reach the best possible outcomes for residents and business owners."