Glenn County forced to shutdown some indoor operations following governor's orders

Glenn County has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, landing it on the list of 19 being forced to shutdown indoor activities. Action News Now Makenzie Drigo spoke to community members in Glenn County about the new order.

Posted: Jul 2, 2020 1:26 PM
Updated: Jul 2, 2020 1:27 PM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. – Glenn County has seen a spike in coronavirus cases, landing on the list of 19 being forced to shutdown indoor activities.

Gov. Gavin Newsom's order requires restaurants, family entertainment centers, movie theaters, and more to stop indoor operations.

Taking a closer look at the rapid rise in Glenn County cases over the past few weeks: It now has 115 cases with 3 new cases reported Wednesday. To put that into perspective, one month ago, on June 1, the county had just 17 cases. One week later, on June 8 it had grown by two. But by June 22, it was accelerating and the total grew to 65.

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Now people in Glenn County are reacting to news that they must roll-back the reopening.

“It was a tease, we were open for a little bit and then we had to shut right down again,” said Hillary Lenard, manager at Pizza Palace in Orland. She added that she isn’t surprised this is happening again.

According to state health officials, restaurants and several businesses in 19 counties must stop all indoor operations. Which includes no indoor dining for three weeks.

“We’re keeping up with the to-go’s [orders] and everyone seems to be still pretty happy," Leonard said. "And everyone is still super grateful that we’re open again."

One community member says that the county reopened too soon. “It’s a disappointment because it was all done prematurely,” she said.

Glenn County found itself on the governor’s coronavirus watch list of 19 because it was unable to meet three of the six metrics; including new case rate, test positivity rate, and the number of daily tests over a 14 day period.

“For businesses, I feel the same way that they have to protect their employee’s, unfortunately, it makes the employment skyrocket,” community member, Ron Ferrante told Action News Now.

RELATED: Where to get tested for coronavirus in the North State

Health officials in Glenn County said along with restaurants, other indoor operations such as arcades, bowling, movie theaters, must be discontinued or closed.

In northern California, Sacramento, Solano, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus counties are also on the list of 19.

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