Organizations and people around Grant County are still responding to the COVID-19 crisis in several ways.

The Grant County Fire District is taking precautions to prevent the spread of infection, Deputy Chief Tony Leibelt said. When responding to calls, crews are staying outside of residences unless they are needed inside.

The fire district has also cancelled some of its trainings and an event that was scheduled to happen at the main fire station, Leibelt said. The concern is that all of the fire district’s personnel could get sick at once.

“The last thing we want is to have all our people all not working at the same time because now we’re in trouble,” he said.

The district also may run into challenges if the virus stays around long enough, with restocking certain types of equipment like masks, Leibelt said.

“We’ve made an order but that stuff is non-existent out there right now,” he said.

Some businesses are starting to see an impact from COVID-19 as well. The Port of Quincy’s Intermodal Terminal is still as active and busy as ever, but the shipping industry is starting to encounter a lack of empty containers, Port Commissioner Curt Morris said.

The United States is still exporting quite a bit of goods, but Asia is not exporting as much, Morris said. It’s causing empty containers to pile up on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

“At a point in time you have a real imbalance of where the empty containers are because there isn’t much value in shipping a whole bunch of empty containers,” he said. “But at some point, you’ve got to get the empty containers.”

So while demand remains high for agriculture products, there may be no containers to ship the goods in, Morris said.

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