(CNN)As concerns over the coronavirus outbreak grow across the country, state officials and the White House have been in ongoing discussions about whether to declare a disaster or emergency declaration — a move that would, among other things, make it easier to release funds.At least 24 states plus Washington, D.C., have declared emergencies, which allows them to waive certain regulations. However, a governor has to ask the President to isslue a declaration that would free up federal funds and kickstart the process to provide additional resources. As of Wednesday afternoon, no governors from the states most affected by the coronavirus appear to have made a request. But Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in conjunction with Sens. Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, and Gary Peters of Michigan, sent a letter asking Trump to “immediately” consider disaster declaration requests for the coronavirus.A source familiar said the White House was actively considering a disaster declaration under the Stafford Act, and the administration has been involved in the conversations with lawmakers and local officials as to what exactly this would look like. There are two types of declarations that a governor could request from the President — emergency declarations and major disaster


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