US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — California Governor Newsom declares state of emergency due to coronavirus, freeing up additional resources.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) March 5, 2020
Hours after California announced its first death related to the novel coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the spreading illness, which has struck 12 counties in the state and has sickened more than 50 people.
According to Newsom, the state of emergency declaration will allow the state to obtain more money from the federal government to contain the outbreak.
Earlier US media outlets reported that, California announced its first death related to the novel coronavirus Wednesday as cities declared local health emergencies.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this patient,” Dr. Aimee Sisson, the health officer in California’s Placer County, said in a Wednesday statement.
“While we have expected more cases, this death is an unfortunate milestone in our efforts to fight this disease, and one that we never wanted to see.”
The person who died was described as an “elderly” Placer County resident with underlying health conditions who had returned from an international cruise and tested positive for COVID-19, county officials said in a news release.
Earlier Wednesday, Los Angeles County officials declared a state of emergency over the virus, just a day after Kaiser Permanente officials confirmed that they were treating a newly diagnosed COVID-19 patient in Los Angeles.
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