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Wuhan coronavirus: Orange County, San Francisco declare state of emergency

Christian Fernsby |
Orange County,Ca. has declared a local health emergency in response to the novel coronavirus, which has killed thousands globally, officials announced yesterday.

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The move is largely in response to a proposal to move coronavirus patients to a facility in Costa Mesa, which has sparked a bitter court battle, Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel and Vice Chairman Andrew Do said at a news conference. At the center of the dispute is a proposal to use the Fairview Developmental Center as a coronavirus quarantine site, an idea that drew swift and fierce condemnation from city, county, state and federal officials representing the area.

“The county of Orange continues to support Costa Mesa in opposition of state and federal government’s decision to move Wuhan coronavirus patients to the Fairview Center,” Do said.

He and other officials say the transportation of patients into Orange County does not “preserve the health of our community,” which has a population of more than 3 million.

The city of Costa Mesa requested a temporary restraining order from a federal judge on Friday that blocked possible plans to send the affected individuals to the center.

A state of emergency has been declared in San Francisco amid rising fears of Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the city’s mayor said.

In a statement, Mayor London Breed said there were no confirmed Wuhan coronavirus cases in the northern California city right now and the move was a precautionary step.

There are, however, eight confirmed cases in the state of California.

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