Shasta County works to expand into phase 2 of governor's plan

Shasta County is asking the governor to let it expand its phase two plan.

Posted: May 11, 2020 6:52 PM
Updated: May 11, 2020 8:13 PM

REDDING, Calif. - Shasta County is asking the governor to let it expand its phase two plan. With public health still waiting on the approval.

“I’m really hoping that we could move as rapidly through stage two into stage three,” said District Three Supervisor Mary Rickert. “Of course, that involves a lot of cooperation from the citizens of Shasta County.”

Shasta County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Ramstrom Says the county meets the necessary requirements but still needs to remain vigilant and follow the guidelines.

“This virus is still here and so even though the governor opened up stage two statewide, we still need to proceed carefully & wisely,” said Ramstrom.

On May 8, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors endorsed the plan laid down by Public Health. But people are still concerned.

“I think on balance its best to air on the side of caution,” said Tim Carlisle of Redding.

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“Take all the precautions that have been mandated by the state, until it’s abundantly clear that things are largely safe.”

Public health still discourages mass gatherings and recommends people over 65-year-old or have health conditions should stay at home.

Shasta County Public Health says restrictions could tighten back up if cases start to spike back up in Shasta County.

Meanwhile, as the governor's anticipated early start to school year draws closer, districts in the area are working on plans for just how and when to reopen campuses.

Enterprise School District in Redding says it has no to plans to bump out bump up the school year to July. But the district is looking at how to take on next year, such as tackling is cleaning methods, possibly social distancing in the classroom, and working to address the learning gap.

“We know that many of them are anxious to get their kids back to school,” said Heather Armelino, the assistant Superintendent of Enterprise School District. “Our ultimate hope is that things are going to be back as normal as possible.”

The Enterprise School District also says, it also plans to let families hang on to the Chromebooks that were handed out.

The district had to switch its enrollment process online, which started. This week. The school district tells Action News Now, it's still unknown if enrollment is affected by coronavirus.

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