The city of San Francisco on Tuesday declared a state of emergency over concerns about the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak, with the city's mayor emphasizing the need to "step-up preparedness" ahead of the disease's potential arrival in northern California.
No coronavirus cases have yet been reported in San Francisco.
Citing the city's intention to "protect San Franciscans from harm," Mayor London Breed instituted the state of emergency so that officials could better prepare for a potential outbreak in the densely populated municipality.
Several dozen cases of the disease have been confirmed in the United States as of Wednesday afternoon. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned that the disease's disruption to daily life "might be severe."