US President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in Wyoming due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus and now all 50 states of the United States are in that position.
According to White House spokesman Judd Deere, this is the first time in history that a major catastrophe has occurred in all 50 countries at the same time.
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon formally sought a declaration on Thursday in a letter to the president. At that time, the state recorded more than 200 cases of coronaviruses.
“Though Wyoming has not reached the dire situations of some states, this measure will allow us to prepare and mobilize resources for the moment we need them, ”Gordon said.
The virus is highly contagious, with authorities at various levels of government across the country have been urging social distance guidelines or impose restrictions to stay at home to slow the spread of the new virus.
Americans are urged to avoid close contact with one another, maintain good hand-washing hygiene, and avoid leaving their homes as much as possible.
The declaration of a state of emergency by the federal and state governments, as well as by certain non-profit organizations, makes federal funding available.
Governments are also allowed to coordinate with federal emergency services.