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One Of The First California Counties To Reopen Is Closing Again

Added 05-29-20 05:54:10am EST - “"We now have a serious problem," Lassen County's public health officer said of the new coronavirus outbreak.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “One Of The First California Counties To Reopen Is Closing Again”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Lassen County, a county of 30,000 people in the far reaches of Northern California, was one of the first places in the state to reopen in early May. But this week, it became the first to reverse course because of a resulting coronavirus outbreak.

The county’s public health officer, Dr. Kenneth Korver, announced the decision on Tuesday after confirming the county’s first four cases of COVID-19. 

“While Lassen County had no confirmed cases for the past three months,we were fully aware of the risk that the virus could come to our community,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, this did happen and we now have a serious problem.”

Lassen County began reopening with Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s blessing in early May, far sooner than the state’s denser communities could even consider. In the weeks that followed, the county opened retail stores, restaurant dining rooms, shopping malls and other businesses.

Now, businesses in Lassen County may only operate curbside pickup and delivery services, and the county won’t proceed with opening salons and places of worship, which most California counties just got Newsom’s approval to do. 

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