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Seattle mayor to sign order halting residential evictions amid coronavirus outbreak

Seattle mayor to sign order halting residential evictions amid coronavirus outbreak
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Seattle Mayor Jenny DurkanJenny DurkanSeattle mayor announces she won't run for reelection At a time of crisis, America's mayors are ready to partner with President-elect Biden Seattle City Council cuts police department budget nearly 17 percent MORE (D) put a moratorium on residential evictions Friday amid the continued spread of the coronavirus.

The announcement came after President TrumpDonald TrumpBlinken holds first calls as Biden's secretary of State Senators discussing Trump censure resolution Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' MORE declared a national emergency at a press conference Friday afternoon.

"We cannot let individuals lose their homes or go hungry at this critical time. Over the coming days, we will announce more support from the City for individuals and families and be prepared to connect more individuals with other non-profit and philanthropic resources," Durkan said in a statement.

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King County, where Seattle is located, is the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., with 328 confirmed cases and 32 related deaths.

“The last thing we want is for people to be displaced from their homes or to suddenly have their power and lights shut off,” Durkan told The Hill earlier in the week.

Overall, the U.S. has more than 2,000 cases of the virus and at least 47 deaths. Worldwide, there are over 145,000 cases of COVID-19.

Trump's national emergency declaration frees up billions in emergency aid that can go towards combating coronavirus.

The move allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to tap into more than $40 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund to help states combat the virus.