California became the third U.S. state to declare a statewide emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak after the state’s first fatality from the new coronavirus.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the measure Wednesday, saying it was intended to help procure supplies quickly. The state currently has 53 cases of COVID-19, more than any other state according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The death toll from the infection has risen to 11 in the U.S. as of Wednesday afternoon, including 10 in Washington state and one in California. There are 158 cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, according to the CDC.
Officials say an elderly patient who died in Northern California, contracted the COVID-19 virus from February 11 to 21 on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The elderly patient had underlying health conditions and died at a hospital in Roseville, near Sacramento.