A state of emergency has been declared in the U.S. state of California after authorities confirmed the first coronavirus-related death Wednesday.
Governor Gavin Newsom made the announcement during a press briefing in Sacramento along with the state health officials.
The incident brings the death toll from the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, to 11 in the U.S.
Officials in California’s Placer County described the victim as elderly with underlying health conditions.
The patient who died was tested and presumptively identified positive for the new coronavirus on Tuesday, prompting the county to declare a public health emergency.