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Glenn County placed in most restrictive tier of reopening plan, disappointing community members

Glenn County is in the purple or widespread category, which is the most restrictive tier of the governor's new reopening plan, even though the county got off the state's watch list.

Posted: Sep 3, 2020 7:33 PM
Updated: Sep 4, 2020 9:55 AM

WILLOWS, Calif. - Glenn County is in the purple or widespread category, which is the most restrictive tier of the governor's new reopening plan, even though the county got off the state's watch list.

Glenn County Public Health says while the county did get removed from the watch list, it did not complete its 14 day watch period.

Public health says it had been seeing a decrease in coronavirus cases but lately has seen an uptick in cases, especially from social gatherings and workplaces. In order for the county to get out of the widespread category, the county needs to see an average of two cases per day within a seven day period with a positivity rate of less than 8%.

“It's important to stay home if you're sick and avoid going to your place of employment or hosting or attending social gatherings,” said Laura Medina, the public information health officer for Glenn County. “Those are what leads to cases or an uptick in cases which then affect those restrictions.”

Glenn County Public Health says it doesn't know how long it will be in the widespread category.

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But community members in the county continue to roll with the changes.

“We're just rolling with the punches and it just feels like every day the carrot keeps getting put further and further out,” said Kristine Coffman, the co-owner of Carte Blanche.

Under the new reopening plan, it gives businesses that had to shut down operations a little more leeway, such as hair salons and barbershops can operate indoors. But restaurants still need to stick to outdoor dining.

Co-owner Hillgard Muller and Coffman say that weeks before the pandemic hit, the business was booming for them.

“I keep saying we got three good weeks before COVID hit, and we've done nothing but adapt ever since,” said Coffman.

Coffman and Muller have adapted to the new reopening plan, by buying new patio furniture and cleaning supplies. But with all the changes, it leaves many business owners wondering - when will it end?

“I’m just so ready, as everybody is, for this to be over,” said Holly Meyers, owner of Gathering.

“It's all about survival right now and just making it through this,” said Coffman.

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