Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Gov. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in California today to help clear the way for swifter action against the swine flu virus.
Schwarzenegger ordered state agencies to work together in their responses, allowed some departments to enter into contracts for services and materials and waived some certification requirements at public health labs to expand California’s ability to test for the virus.
So far, 64 cases have been found nationally, 13 in California and three in Sacramento County.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles County coroner’s office is investigating the deaths of two men for links to swine flu — if confirmed, the cases would be the first swine flu deaths in the United States.
A Bellflower hospital reported the death of a 33-year-old Long Beach man who was brought in Saturday with symptoms resembling swine flu. The man was taken to the hospital complaining of shortness of breath. The other death was a 45-year-old La Mirada man who died April 22 at Coast Plaza Doctor’s Hospital in Norwalk.
Editors Note: The Los Angeles Times is now reporting health officials say that two deaths appear to be unrelated to swine flu.