Terry McAuliffe declared a state of alert for the Commonwealth as the governor of a state devastated by the deadly outbreak in the United States.
Mr. McAuliffe said Tuesday that he had declared a “state of emergency” for Virginia after Gov.
Tim Kaine (D) was hospitalized, leaving him unable to lead the state.
The declaration came as federal officials announced a plan to increase security at U.S. airports following a wave of travel bans from countries that have become hotspots for the virus.
Officials from the U.N. World Health Organization and the U-Maine Medical School in Portland, Maine, announced that they would be joining U.C. Davis in an effort to monitor people arriving at U-Mass Boston and other U.U.M. campuses for signs of the virus, which was not contained in the state on Tuesday.
“McAuliffe, a Democrat, told reporters he wanted to give the people of Virginia “a second chance,” and that he hoped “we will be able to get the virus under control and then we will be a stronger state.
“The governors of Oregon, Vermont and Maine said they were also considering additional steps to combat the spread of the disease.
Mr. McAuliffe also announced that he would be resigning as governor in the wake of Mr. Kaine’s hospitalization.
Mr., who has been the governor for less than a year, was not among the names on the list released by the governors.
He has been governor since December 2013.