FRESNO, Calif. (KMJ) — Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency Wednesday, after a patient tested positive for coronavirus in Placer County.
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Health officials say the victim, an elderly adult with underlying health conditions, had returned from a cruise that departed from San Francisco to Mexico.
The Grand Princess cruise ship is sailing towards San Francisco from Hawaii on Thursday, returning passengers who are at risk of the potentially deadly respiratory illness.
Governor Newsom says coronavirus testing kits are being flown to the ship.
The state’s first victim of coronavirus died at a hospital in Roseville, near Sacramento.
Another person who had been on the cruise ship tested positive for the virus Tuesday.
Governor Newsom said the state currently has 53 cases of COVID-19.
The emergency proclamation is aimed at helping the Golden State further prepare for the spread of the virus.
14 labs will be able to conduct tests for the virus, and that number should increase in the coming days, said Gov. Newsom.
Speaking during a news conference on Wednesday, Governor Newsom says declaring a state of emergency will protect against price gouging, and assist local governments by allowing out-of-state health care workers to come into the Golden State.
Meanwhile, a day after the World Health Organization said globally that the mortality rate for coronavirus is about 3.4%, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci says, “If you look at the cases that come to the attention of medical authorities in China, and you just do the math, the math is about 2%. If you look at certain age groups, certain risk groups, the fatality is much higher.”
Experts say coronavirus is less transmissible than the flu.
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