California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a statewide emergency after the state’s first fatality from the new coronavirus.
***THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS ALERT***
What We Know:
- 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, near Sacramento.
- 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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