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Gov. Newsom declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

California Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency due to concerns over the coronavirus. CA is the third state to do so.

Gov Newsom added that the state currently has 53 confirmed cases of coronavirus and is monitoring 9,400 residents.

WATCH : Coronavirus concerns in the Coachella Valley

This afternoon, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention confirmed the first coronavirus death in the state. A senior who had been on a cruise to Mexico and returned to Placer County.

Last week, Gov Newsom told News Channel 3 while in Palm Springs why he was hesitant to proclaim a State of Emergency

Federal officials also announced a medical screener at Los Angeles International Airport has tested positive for coronavirus.

The announcement comes just a few hours after the city and county of Los Angeles declared states of emergency and confirmed six new cases of the illness were confirmed in the county.

Los Angeles joins the cities of Pasadena, Long Beach, and San Francisco in declaring a local emergency. Orange and Marin Counties also declared a local emergency.

Read: Screener at Los Angeles airport tests positive

There have been no confirmed cases in Riverside County so far. The county activated its department operations center to "provide the public with the latest and most accurate information about what we are doing to prepare and the illness itself."

Read: Riverside County activates emergency operations center for coronavirus

Riverside County established a website to provide the community with the latest news and information about the illness. Visit

Stay with News Channel for any updates.

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