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California governor says retail stores in the state can begin to reopen Friday

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that some retail shops in the state can begin to reopen at the end of the week as part of a phased exit from th...

Posted: May 4, 2020 5:54 PM

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that some retail shops in the state can begin to reopen at the end of the week as part of a phased exit from the social distancing measures meant to mitigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Shops including clothing stores, florists and bookstores will be allowed to offer curbside pickup services starting Friday, the Democratic governor announced, noting that the guidelines for reopening will be released on Thursday.

"Millions of Californians answered the call to stay home and thanks to them, we are in a position to begin moving into our next stage of modifying our stay-at-home order," Newsom said in announcing the move.

"But make no mistake -- this virus isn't gone. It's still dangerous and poses a significant public health risk," he continued.

All reopenings in the state will be subject to active monitoring and surveillance, though Newsom noted that some counties will be allowed to move further into the reopening process if certified by health officials and county supervisors.

"We will afford them that right with conditions and modifications that meet the health needs of the entire state," he said.

The announcement comes as more states plan phased reopenings of businesses and other gathering places, despite public health professionals having repeatedly stressed the dangers of relaxing social distancing measures too early.

Experts widely agree that to control the epidemic in the absence of strict social distancing measures, states and localities will need to build the capacity for additional testing and contact tracing

That process of identifying new cases of Covid-19 and then tracking down and quarantining anyone who could have been infected by those newly identified cases would be crucial to returning to normal life.

As a result, Newsom shared his plan for a "tracing army" in the state -- a training program led by the University of California Los Angeles and University of California San Francisco that will teach people how to trace and track the disease through a virtual academy.

Each recruit will go through 20 hours of training, 12 hours online and eight hours in person.

Approximately 3,000 people have been identified as tracers already and are set to begin their first training course, which goes online Wednesday, Newsom said. The first phase will train about 10,000 people, with a goal of reaching 20,000 tracers.

Still, Newsom faces a set of unique challenges in reopening California, the US' largest state economy. One is managing crowds on California's hundreds of miles of coastline as social distancing measures are relaxed.

Beaches in the cities of Laguna Beach and San Clemente have been granted permission to reopen on a limited basis, Newsom said Monday, after he ordered a hard closure for all Orange County beaches last week after significant crowds had flocked to the sand.

"We have the same collaborative spirit with our counties, overwhelmingly, with few exceptions," Newsom said. "But I'm confident that we'll bring them back into the fold."

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Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 396501

Reported Deaths: 5268
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Washington42631406
Marion40277517
Clackamas33256388
Lane30473363
Jackson25211363
Deschutes23984192
Umatilla15155184
Linn14966184
Douglas13608295
Josephine10357248
Yamhill9878145
Klamath9120152
Polk8347103
Benton622940
Malheur593592
Coos5806109
Columbia441156
Jefferson426066
Lincoln367952
Crook343958
Union341456
Wasco319646
Clatsop265435
Baker222533
Tillamook219846
Hood River217237
Morrow198425
Curry194239
Harney121733
Grant109116
Lake106318
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1161
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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5127121

Reported Deaths: 74911
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles153745027248
San Diego4104514351
Riverside3912955388
San Bernardino3784085998
Orange3367395771
Sacramento1699162460
Kern1588341838
Fresno1581872284
Santa Clara1536961933
Alameda1262241513
San Joaquin1084911837
Ventura1049251194
Contra Costa1046451058
Stanislaus922291434
Tulare869791102
San Francisco57458674
San Mateo56861631
Monterey52973626
Solano48014360
Santa Barbara47846555
Merced45506672
Sonoma43609414
Placer42736473
Imperial39148778
Kings35547369
San Luis Obispo31803360
Madera26511311
Shasta26353462
Butte25690320
Santa Cruz22540224
Yolo21792263
Marin18728249
El Dorado18544168
Sutter14691186
Napa13501107
Yuba1084791
Humboldt10360119
Tehama10329133
Nevada10187105
Mendocino873799
Lassen801259
San Benito793979
Tuolumne782691
Lake7073113
Amador583267
Siskiyou480757
Glenn460336
Calaveras449988
Del Norte380442
Colusa329821
Inyo259446
Plumas19679
Mono19274
Mariposa163318
Trinity102117
Modoc7956
Unassigned3820
Sierra2210
Alpine1080
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