How emergency declarations are helping governments respond to COVID-19

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Two US states, Washington and Florida, are in states of emergency over COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus that’s sickened over 90,000 people around the world and over 100 in the US. There’s an outbreak of the virus at a nursing facility in Kings County, Washington, and six people in the state have died. Five counties in California also declared emergencies, and the entire country has been under a federal public health emergency since the end of January.

Emergency declarations allow officials at the federal, state, and local levels to mobilize quickly and activate a menu of powers that they can use to respond to a crisis situation. “They allow expedited response efforts in ways that don’t circumvent constitutional…

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