CALIFORNIA – Local leaders have sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to allow six Northern California counties to come out of the statewide stay-at-home order, while following with their respective local and regional plans.
The letter was crafted by Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher.
The six counties include; Yuba, Sutter, Butte, Glenn, Tehama, and Colusa. In total, 14 mayors and six county board of supervisor chairs made the request, according to a press release from North State leaders.
“California is weathering this pandemic well. In the North State, we have even fewer infections than those in other regions of the state," Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) said. "We must re-open our economy so Californians can get back to work. Families need to put food on the table and pay their rent and mortgage. Put simply, Californians need to continue living their best lives.”
Those who signed the letter requested the ability to initiate a thoughtful and science-based reopening of local economies while following state and national guidelines.
The letter states that infection rates have remained low in the following counties, which have a combined population of more than 500,000 residents. As of Friday, April 24, 69 people had tested positive for coronavirus in the six counties. 50 of those who tested positive are now fully recovered, there was only one confirmed COVID-19 patient in the ICU.
“We all appreciate the quick action taken to flatten the curve of this virus,” Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) said. “That effort has been successfully implemented, but it has not been without great cost to our people and our future ability to provide for the health and prosperity of our communities. It is time to begin a re-opening. Our cases are low, our healthcare capabilities have been beefed up, and we are ready to get our economy moving again.”
Action News Now spoke to Butte County Supervisor, Steve Lambert, he said his approval on re-opening businesses were based off a few factors like local economies struggling.
“We have to do something,” Lambert said. “We can't live in a fear-based deal and I worry about that a bit as we've gone. We’re so worried that it's going to come back and to be able to open the door and is it too soon -- and oh my goodness here we are. That’s where I’m at we have to get to a point where let's go out there, do some smart things, let's listen to professionals, but we have to get back to normalcy.”
Lambert added, the public needs to be personally responsible and have common sense going out when businesses re-open. Chico City Manager, Mark Orme said there’s going to be a countywide planning process that’ll start the blueprint for re-opening when the time comes.
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