California and Washington state have both declared a state of emergency after their first coronavirus deaths —here's what it means
California declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after it reporting the first death from coronavirus in the state in Placer County, located near Sacramento. California Gov. Gavin Newsom said the emergency proclamation "will help the state further prepare our communities and our health care system in the event it spreads more broadly." The US has reported more than 150 COVID-19 cases, including 53 in California. Washington declared a state of emergency last month after the first coronavirus death was confirmed there. Several US cities and counties have also declared public health emergencies over the new coronavirus. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
California declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after reported the first death from coronavirus in the state. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday made the declaration in order to receive emergency federal funding to battle the coronavirus, which has killed more than 3,250 people and infected more than 95,000 globally. The coronavirus causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. The US has reported more than 150 COVID-19 cases, including 53 in California. Cases have been confirmed in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Los Angeles (which confirmed six new cases on Wednesday), Orange, Placer (where one patient died), Sacramento, San Benito, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. The country has also confirmed 11 coronavirus deaths: 10 in Washington state and one in Placer County, California, located near Sacramento. "The State of California is deploying every level of government to help identify cases and slow the spread of this coronavirus," Newsom said. "This emergency proclamation will help the state further prepare our communities and our health care system in the event it spreads more broadly." The proclamation also includes provisions to protect consumers from price gouging and allows for out-of-state healthcare workers to assist facilities at the frontlines of the coronavirus battle. The California Department of Public Health said it was working closely with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state, including screening incoming passengers at both Los Angeles International (LAX) and San Francisco International (SFO) airports. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency in the state last month after the first coronavirus death was confirmed. The state has confirmed more than 39 cases of the virus and 10 deaths. San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency in the city last month, while several other US cities and counties have also declared public health emergencies over the new coronavirus. Declaring an emergency can help states activate emergency response plans and state emergency operation centers. It also can help a government get reimbursed for money it spends on preparedness from the state and federal government and gives authority to use funds to deploy additional personnel, buy equipment, and prepare stockpiles.
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San Francisco is being touted as a national model for stopping the coronavirus, but an expert says it may not stay that way in the next phase
The Atlantic dubbed San Francisco "the city that flattened the coronavirus curve" and called it a...The Atlantic dubbed San Francisco "the city that flattened the coronavirus curve" and called it a national model for the US on how to fight the novel coronavirus. The article, published Sunday, focused on both Mayor London Breed's early aggressive measures as well as residents successfully following social-distancing protocols. Ann Keller, an associate professor at the University of California at Berkeley, told Business Insider that San Francisco could still fall behind in the next stage of the crisis, which is expected to be defined by testing and tracing the coronavirus. She didn't rule the area out as a contender, however. As of Tuesday, California had tested 190,882 people, and San Francisco had 15 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories San Francisco's handling of the novel coronavirus has been touted as a national model for the US, but at least one professor says it may not continue to lead the way. On Sunday, The Atlantic published an article titled "The City That Has Flattened the Coronavirus Curve," referring to Mayor London Breed's quick and aggressive moves to contain the outbreak that the article said made San Francisco "a national model" in fighting the pandemic. Russell Berman wrote for The Atlantic that Breed declared a state of emergency in late February, before a single case of the coronavirus had been confirmed in the city, and soon after banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people. As of Tuesday, California had tested 190,882 people and San Francisco had 15 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. "All evidence suggests that they are doing much better, and the simplest explanation for that is that they did take social-distancing measures very seriously and they did it early," the Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Emily Gurley told The Atlantic. Berman noted that San Francisco and the rest of California struggled more than states like New York to increase testing for the coronavirus, meaning a low number of confirmed cases may not be an accurate picture. But Yvonne Maldonado, a Stanford Medical School epidemiologist, told The Atlantic that signs on the ground, like hospital beds that weren't full, backed up San Francisco's measures. Putting it more bluntly, Cyrus Shahpar, a director of the nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives, which seeks to halt epidemics, told The Atlantic: "Deaths are hard to hide." Despite the Atlantic article, a professor at the Bay Area-based University of California at Berkeley told Business Insider it was possible the Bay Area wouldn't remain a leader in fighting the pandemic when the US moved to the next stage of the crisis, expected to involve mass testing and tracing of cases. "As I understand it, California still lags other parts of the country in testing," Ann Keller, an associate professor of health policy and management, said. "It is possible that another part of the country will emerge as the model for the rest of the country when it comes to setting up large-scale testing and contact tracing." Despite the lag, she said: "The six Bay Area counties are certainly contenders for who will lead in the next phase of the response." Keller also said the article highlighted Breed's success in issuing the shelter-in-place order since decisions like this one could backfire. "Sometimes, a competent public-health response looks like an overreaction because the intervention worked, preventing a worse outcome," she said. She said Bay Area citizens could see the effects of a delayed response in other parts of the country, which probably increased support for Breed's decision. "Imagine if the six Bay Area counties were the only ones experiencing coronavirus," she said. "The mayors of those cities would probably be under fire for the economic hardship they imposed since there has been no shortage of ICU capacity in the Bay Area."SEE ALSO: The Washington Post says New Zealand is 'squashing' its coronavirus curve. An expert agrees but says the elimination policy could still fail. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachment
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Trump blames states for not having enough ventilators, but California is stepping in to help, even as it prepares for a surge in cases
California will lend 500 ventilators to the US federal stockpile, to be used by states like...California will lend 500 ventilators to the US federal stockpile, to be used by states like New York, which are struggling with rising coronavirus caseloads. Oregon and Washington have also committed to sending ventilators to states in need. California is lending the ventilators even as it prepares for an expected surge in coronavirus cases as confirmed COVID-19 case count hits 15,824 in the state, with 372 deaths. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. As President Donald Trump downplays states' needs for ventilators and blames them for failing to buy and keep health care equipment, three states have stepped up and committed to sending ventilators where they're needed. California is the latest state to declare it will lend ventilators to the US stockpile, to be used by states struggling with rising coronavirus caseloads, the Associated Press reported. The US has a nationwide shortage of critical medical supplies. On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced it would send 500 ventilators. He said: "We're very proud to be able to extend a hand of support with those 500 ventilators and send them back east." He said the state was "working day and night to find new ventilators" but if California could it would share medical equipment. "Absolutely, unequivocally we will do that," he said, according to AP. California is lending the ventilators even as it prepares for an expected surge in coronavirus cases as the confirmed COVID-19 case count hits 15,824 in the state, with 372 deaths. Oregon and Washington have already committed to sending ventilators to other states. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said 140 ventilators would be sent, while Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said 400 ventilators would be returned to the national stockpile, from an original loan of 500 ventilators. While the states show a willingness to help each other out, Trump said states have exaggerated the need for ventilators and blamed them for not having enough. At a press briefing on Saturday, Trump said: "[Ventilator] shortages have led to inflated requests. We have some states and areas that are just asking for far more than they need," he said, without specifying which states he meant. Last week, according to The Guardian, he said: "By the way, the states should have been building their stockpiles. Ideally, those states should have had the equipment. We're (the federal government) a back-up not an ordering clerk." In late March, Trump's administration did send 170 ventilators to California, after the state requested 10,000 ventilators. The only problem was that none of them worked. Newsom said at a press conference: "Rather than complaining about it, rather than pointing fingers about it ... We got a car and a truck, we had those 170 taken to a facility." California hospitals now have more than 11,000 ventilators, after buying new ones as well as fixing up old or broken ventilators. The federal government has provided California with about 837,000 N95 masks, 1.31 million gloves, and nearly 2 million surgical masks. Newsom said while California was lending ventilators to states in need, it needed to continue to add more to its own stockpile. SEE ALSO: Trump stopped Fauci from answering a question about the anti-malaria drug Trump is hyping despite it being unproven against the coronavirus DON'T MISS: The Trump administration sent California 170 ventilators to help in coronavirus battle — but none of the equipment worked Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope