Governor Newsom Declares Statewide Emergency

By Pacey on March 4, 2020
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a statewide emergency after the state’s first fatality from the new coronavirus.

Newsom announced the measure at a news conference Wednesday, saying it was intended to help procure supplies quickly.

Officials say an elderly patient who apparently contracted the COVID-19 virus on a cruise died in Northern California.

Health officials said the elderly patient had underlying health conditions and died at a hospital in Roseville.

Another person who had been on the cruise ship tested positive for the virus Tuesday.

The governor said the state currently has 53 cases of COVID-19.

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