Coronavirus Update: San Francisco Declares State Of Emergency
San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared a state of emergency for the city on Tuesday.
“The global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness,” Breed said in a statement. “We see the virus spreading in new parts of the world every day, and we are taking the necessary steps to protect San Franciscans from harm.”
The city of San Francisco will now have the authority and resources to “expedite emergency planning measures and boost the ability to deploy a rapid response to a potential coronavirus case.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned that Americans should “prepare for the expectation that this might be bad.”
“It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country any more but a question of when this will happen,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.