(CNN) — California’s COVID-19 state of emergency officially ends Tuesday, nearly three years after Governor Gavin Newsom declared a pandemic-related emergency.

Newsom said in a statement last October that the state of emergency was an effective and necessary tool in the state’s pandemic response that saved tens of thousands of lives, protected the economy and built unprecedented public health infrastructure.

“With the operational readiness that we have developed and the measures that we will continue to employ going forward, California is ready to phase out this tool,” Newsom said.


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