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Modoc County may be the first in California to reopen since stay-at-home order began

The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office announced a plan to reopen the county on Friday, May 1.

Posted: Apr 29, 2020 10:40 AM
Updated: Apr 29, 2020 10:43 AM

MODOC COUNTY, Calif. — The Modoc County Sheriff’s Office announced a strategic plan to reopen the county on Friday, May 1. The plan was signed by the Modoc County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

This could make Modoc the first county in the state of California to allow businesses to reopen since Governor Gavin Newsom initiated the stay-at-home order on March 19.

Modoc County borders Oregon's Klamath and Lake counties on the southern side, and lies just east of Siskiyou County.

In a press release, Sheriff William Dowdy said starting May 1, all businesses essential and non-essential will be allowed to open but must be able to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Proper physical distancing with six feet of space between one another.
  • Washing hands often
  • Staying home if sick or feeling unwell
  • Proper sanitation practices
  • All residents 65 or older or having underlying health conditions should continue to self-isolate
  • No large gatherings where proper physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Schools, churches, public transit companies, and private/government sectors will also be able to return to operations if they follow the guidelines. The Sheriff said that restaurants and bars may open for inside dining, but only at half-capacity of maximum occupancy.

The Sheriff warned, as the county moves through this staged approach to reopen, they will include reasoning to reinitiate previous measures as necessary. They said examples of measures needing to be reverted would include confirming two or more coronavirus cases, medical surge, and/or substantially increased death rate within the county.

Modoc County remains at zero confirmed cases, however the Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook April 28, that they received news of a possible COVID-19 case in the county.

“Public Health received a call requesting a contact investigation of a Modoc County Resident who recently traveled out of state,” the Sheriff’s Office said. “We are in the midst of this investigation and we currently know that the resident has been self-isolating since returning to Modoc.”

The plan will be reassessed on May 15 as well as June 1, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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Cases: 394569

Reported Deaths: 5243
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Washington42359405
Marion40153516
Clackamas33040387
Lane30428361
Jackson25105363
Deschutes23795189
Umatilla15144184
Linn14859183
Douglas13523293
Josephine10278247
Yamhill9840143
Klamath9112149
Polk8325102
Benton615338
Malheur593292
Coos5768109
Columbia438056
Jefferson424366
Lincoln365852
Crook343057
Union340756
Wasco318646
Clatsop263635
Baker221833
Tillamook218046
Hood River216537
Morrow197825
Curry193939
Harney121333
Grant109116
Lake105617
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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Cases: 5107717

Reported Deaths: 74800
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Los Angeles153472027244
San Diego4091824350
Riverside3892365381
San Bernardino3762805983
Orange3352965756
Sacramento1690952452
Kern1582701828
Fresno1574692270
Santa Clara1528571928
Alameda1256281512
San Joaquin1080791835
Ventura1043091192
Contra Costa1042181056
Stanislaus919641429
Tulare867391100
San Francisco57141674
San Mateo56585631
Monterey52842626
Solano47828360
Santa Barbara47523555
Merced45309671
Sonoma43349414
Placer42458473
Imperial38932776
Kings35370367
San Luis Obispo31667360
Madera26388311
Shasta26221461
Butte25608318
Santa Cruz22402224
Yolo21722261
Marin18587249
El Dorado18448168
Sutter14646186
Napa13446106
Yuba1079891
Tehama10316131
Humboldt10294119
Nevada10112105
Mendocino864999
Lassen797656
San Benito787979
Tuolumne778491
Lake7057113
Amador580067
Siskiyou479657
Glenn458536
Calaveras445788
Del Norte377942
Colusa328321
Inyo257346
Plumas19577
Mono19034
Mariposa162218
Trinity100717
Modoc7936
Sierra2190
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