[Ed. – Surprising, in a way, that a city with rampant health threats finally found one it thinks is an emergency. On the common sense side, San Francisco does have a large population of Asian origin which is unusually likely to have visited the Far East recently. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Seattle, Portland, and L.A. take similar precautions.]
San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) declared a state of emergency for the city on Tuesday amid concerns over the international coronavirus outbreak.
While no coronavirus cases have been confirmed in San Francisco, “the global picture is changing rapidly, and we need to step-up preparedness,” Breed said in a statement. …
The declaration is effective immediately for seven days and will be voted on by the board of supervisors on March 3.
The statement from Breed comes amid stark warnings from U.S. health officials over the chances of an outbreak of the virus in the U.S.
“As more and more countries experience community spread, successful containment at our borders becomes harder and harder,” Nancy Messonnier, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said Tuesday.