E3 2020 under further threat as California declares coronavirus state of emergency

E3 2020 under further threat as California declares coronavirus state of emergency

The deaths - eight in King County and one in neighbouring Snohomish County - mark the first fatalities documented in the United States from a respiratory illness that has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, mostly in China, where the epidemic originated in December.

The Los Angeles County Public Health Department said it is boosting the number of coronavirus tests and said additional resources will arrive shortly.

A state of emergency was declared on Wednesday after two more deaths in Washington and California, where there are 50 known cases of coronavirus.

"I want to reiterate this is not a response rooted in panic", L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said at a news briefing.

Five of the patients have self-isolated in their homes and one patient is in the hospital.

Health officials say an elderly patient who died in Northern California was probably exposed to the virus during a cruise to Mexico in February.

L.A. County Department of Public Health director Barbara Ferrer said today the six new cases in L.A. County were confirmed Tuesday night after testing on 12 cases. On Tuesday, Kaiser Permanente confirmed the second case in a patient who is now in self-isolation and receiving outpatient treatment.

He said while the city has taken precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19, it is likely there will be more cases of the virus in the coming weeks. "As we expected, it's cultivating fears and leading to racial profiling".

Declaring a public health emergency allows LA County to seek future reimbursement from the state and federal government, Ferrer said.

In addition to the local emergency declared by county officials, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Long Beach and the City of Pasadena this morning declared a Level Three local emergency.

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