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Local leaders send California governor letter to reopen 6 North State counties

Local leaders and elected representatives have sent a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom asking him to lift the stay-at-home order in several northern California counties.

Posted: Apr 27, 2020 8:52 AM
Updated: Apr 27, 2020 4:12 PM

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.”

RELATED: Butte County officials announce planning efforts to reopen

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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California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 101050

Reported Deaths: 3895
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles487612201
Riverside7139303
San Diego6882249
Orange5646136
San Bernardino4567176
Alameda304993
Santa Clara2688140
San Francisco240840
San Mateo196382
Kern194136
Tulare179679
Santa Barbara160412
Fresno153526
Contra Costa137537
Imperial135224
Sacramento131956
Ventura101732
San Joaquin77133
Kings6983
Stanislaus67028
Sonoma5244
Solano49920
Monterey4298
Marin42014
Merced2737
San Luis Obispo2631
Santa Cruz2052
Yolo20022
Placer1949
Napa1093
Humboldt982
Madera902
El Dorado800
San Benito762
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Del Norte400
Shasta374
Mono351
Yuba281
Mendocino230
Lake190
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Glenn130
Amador100
Siskiyou61
Colusa50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Lassen40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
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