Virus disaster declaration issued for Washington state
In this file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
OLYMPIA, WASH. -- President Donald Trump on Sunday issued a disaster declaration for Washington and ordered federal assistance for the state, tribal and local response to the coronavirus outbreak that has killed dozens.
The disaster declaration will provide federal assistance for both emergency protective measures and crisis counselling, the White House said.
There have been at least 94 COVID-19 deaths in Washington state and nearly 1,800 confirmed cases.
Also, Gov. Jay Inslee named retired Navy Vice Admiral Raquel C. Bono as the director for the state's COVID-19 Health System Response Management.
She is currently a senior fellow with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory As the former chief executive officer and director for the Defence Health Agency, Bono led a joint, integrated support agency that enabled all branches of the U.S. military medical services to provide health care to people in combat. Inslee's appointment was effective immediately.
“Vice Admiral Bono will help bolster our existing co-ordinated response to the COVID-19 pandemic across our state's health care system,” Inslee said.
For most people, the coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The vast majority of people recover.