California declares state of emergency in effort to control coronavirus


SACRAMENTO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – A state of emergency has been declared in California in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made the announcement Wednesday, following the death of a passenger who was on a cruise last month. That ship is not being allowed to return to California and coronavirus test kits are being flown to the ship to establish how far the virus spread on board.

Newsom says the State of Emergency was declared to ensure additional resources were available to control coronavirus, to formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, and to help the state prepare for a broader spread of COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, California has approximately 6,000 coronavirus test kits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, Cal OES has activated its emergency operations center in response to the growing number of coronavirus cases.

The emergency proclamation also protects Californians against price gouging by more than 10% of the price of an item before a state or local declaration of emergency.

“Californians shouldn’t have to worry about being cheated while dealing with the effects of coronavirus,” said Attorney General Xavier Becerra. “Our state’s price gouging law protects people impacted by an emergency from illegal price gouging on medical supplies, food, gas, and other essential supplies.”

Newsom said the test for coronavirus is now covered under Medicaid/MediCal, and is also an essential benefit under private health insurance.

For local, national, and breaking news, and to get weather alerts, download our FREE mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

CBS47 On Your Side

Do you have a problem that you need help solving? Contact CBS47 and let us be On Your Side.

Phone: 559-761-0383

Images from Armenia

Small patients in Armenia
Yerevan by night.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers.
Dr. Jeff Thomas delivers in Gyumri.
Doctors unpack medical supplies from The Central Valley.
Fresno Medical Mission at work.
Medical Supplies being unloaded.
Fresno Medical Mission at the ready.
KSEE24 crew witnesses the miracle of life in Gyumri, Armenia.
Life saving work of Central Valley surgeons in Armenia.
Ribbon cutting on new surgical center in Ashtarak Armenia. Fresno donors made this dream come true.
KSEE24 on assignment with the Fresno Medical Mission
Honorary Consulate to Armenia Berj Apkarian explains the crisis facing one hospital.
KSEE24's Stefani Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at the meeting with President Bako Sahakyan.
Medical Meeting in Artsakh.
The President of Artsakh meets with the Fresno Medical Mission.
Learning modern medicine techniques with the Fresno Medical Mission in surgery.
Leaning in for a look. Dr. Brien Tonkinson holds class and helps a patient in Armenia.
Fresno Medical Mission cares on one of the smallest patients in the region. Six-year old Yanna receives life-changing better breathing surgery.