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Shasta County moves further into phase two despite rodeo jeopardizing county

The organizer of the Cottonwood Rodeo is facing some tough questions after thousands of people turned out for the event on Sunday.

Posted: May 12, 2020 7:48 PM
Updated: May 12, 2020 7:53 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – Jeff Davis, the organizer of the Cottonwood Rodeo, is facing backlash from the Shasta County Public Health.

The Cottonwood Rodeo drew in hundreds of people on Mother’s Day. The department says it is taking steps to investigate the Cottonwood Rodeo.

“The state is recommending not to have large gatherings and to put on a large event seems irresponsible,” said Kari Hess, co-owner of NorCal Vape in Redding.

Hess tells Action News Now that their store had been closed since March. Hess worried that the delay could further impact the business.

“It's really frustrating and it's really just scary times to be a small business owner,” said Hess. “Every single day that we're not open is awful to lose so much revenue and try to stay afloat.”

Shasta County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom in a statement said: "[The event] was inappropriate and it put the community at risk of disease transmission among attendees and the people they are in contact with.”

RELATED: Shasta Co. Health Officials: Rodeo 'jeopardizes' county's ability to reopen.

On Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini said his department did reach out to Davis.

“All those conversations are had,” said Magrini. “We do continue to work through enforcement through education.”

Action News Now reached out to Davis several times but received no answer.

One person told Action News Now that they were in support of the rodeo being open because they believed it was time to get back to normal. But others did not agree.

“People make bad decisions and there are repercussions,” said Adam Hoyer of Redding. “It can increase the spread of coronavirus.”

Action News Now reached out to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office to see what their next steps will be but did not receive a comment. But Public Health is urging that people who did go to the rodeo on Sunday get tested and inform their employer.

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