Los Angeles-area officials declare local emergency, confirm new coronavirus cases

People buy water, food and toilet paper at a store, as they begin to stockpile essentials from fear that supplies will be affected by the spread of the COVID-19, coronavirus, outbreak across the country, in Los Angeles, California on February 29, 2020.

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Los Angeles-area officials declared an emergency, saying they’ve discovered six new coronavirus cases in the county over the last 48 hours. 

“I have just signed a proclamation declaring the existence of a local emergency. I want to reiterate that this is not a response rooted in panic,” Kathryn Barger, chairwoman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, said at a press conference. 

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti joined county health officials and supervisors, along with the City of Long Beach health officer, at the news conference.  

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