San Diego County Declares State of Emergency Over Coronavirus

San Diego County officials declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus Friday, but insist the public should not be alarmed.

“Let us be clear,” County Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said, “this does not mean there is any increased risk to the general public, in fact it is quite the opposite.”

The primary purpose for the decision is securing resources. The declaration will last for seven days but could be extended for a month, according to KUSI.

Two people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in San Diego. One infected patient was mistakenly released from a San Diego hospital but has since returned to quarantine.