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San Diego responds to COVID-19: "Stay home"

San Diego responds to COVID-19: "Stay home."

San Diego health and elected officials held a press conference today to address the growing concerns of COVID-19.

County Health Officer Dr. Wilma J. Wooten said there are five new presumptive positive coronavirus cases in San Diego. One patient may have contracted the disease through a community-based transmission. She also said that San Diego can expect more cases and even deaths. 

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday declared the swiftly increasing coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic.

On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that allows the state to appropriate hotels and medical facilities to manage those who have coronavirus. Hospitals will also implement immediate visitor restrictive policies.

A ban of public gatherings of 250 people or more was issued by governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday. This directive is in effect until the end of March and is legally enforceable. 

Other gatherings that fall below the 250 limit should employ a six-foot rule, people should have at least six feet of space between them. 

A gathering is any event where people are in a single room or space at one time.  

San Diego health officials say that seniors over 65 and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and should limit their interaction with others.

They also advise people to cancel all non-essential travel, stay at home do everything they can to avoid large crowds. 

In a procedural action, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer issued a state of emergency that will go into effect tonight at midnight. He said those who are sick should stay home. 

"We are all in this together," said the mayor, " We must be vigil to protect against the further spread of the virus."