Virus Update: CA State Of Emergency, First Case In NJ

The Sacramento Bee reports:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus as a cruise ship that transported at least two infected passengers sailed toward the state Wednesday.

One patient who had traveled on the ship died Wednesday in Placer County, marking the first death in California connected to the viruses that has spread to dozens of countries.

The emergency declaration will allow the state to respond more nimbly by waiving some competitive bidding requirements and freeing up public property, such as fairgrounds, for use by health officials.

NBC New York reports:

New Jersey now has its first presumptive positive case of the novel coronavirus, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Wednesday night. According to the announcement, the patient is a man in his 30s who is hospitalized in Bergen County. He has been in the hospital since March 3.

The man is being treated at Hackensack University Medical Center where he is ” resting comfortably and doing well,” Chief Physician Executive Daniel Varga said in a statement Thursday.

According to sources, the man who got the presumptive positive had some type of contact with one of the eleven COVID-19 cases that have been confirmed in New York.