Shasta County health officials urge people to practice social distancing

Medical professionals say if your child needs a tutor, practice social distancing.

Posted: Mar 23, 2020 6:53 PM

REDDING, Calif. – With schools closed parents are turning to online learning.

Medical professionals say if your child needs a tutor, practice social distancing.

Professionals say parents should limit the number of people coming into their homes. But if your kid does needs some extra help with school work make sure they don’t get too close.

“Best-case scenario is that they would be able to use technology,” said Kerri Schuette, a spokesperson for Shasta County Health & Human Services Agency “We really want people to limit the number of people in their physical circle.”

Several parents tell Action News Now, they're trying to get creative with teaching their kids. Such as going outdoors for science, while keeping their social distance. Some are even making cookies for home economics.

“I think it's necessary to keep their brains active and going, but there are other ways than just having to sit in front of a computer online,” said Jessica Vance of Redding.

But as families stay inside to help their kids learn, people heading to the grocery store are being extra cautious while they shop.
Several people were wearing masks and even gloves at the grocery store.

“It’s to protect myself, I’m ancient and I also am compromised health-wise,” said Ed Schoon, a Mount Shasta resident.

Shasta County health official wants people to really practice social distancing. Officials suggest limiting the number of times heading to the grocery store.

But while grocery stores remain open, the coronavirus is hitting a lot of small businesses hard, forcing many of them to close. Many people in Redding are doing their best to support their local shops. Even if it's only ordering items online or getting their food to go.

“You still need your goods, you still need the stuff to run your household and you need to get it somewhere,” said Rod Stiles of Redding.

Many of the small businesses can’t rely on their reserves for long. The Chamber is urging business owners to apply for a disaster loan and reach out to their business banks

“We know that this is a time filled with uncertainty, as no one knows how long this COVID-19 pandemic will last,” said Jake Mangas, Chief Executive Officer with the Redding Chamber of Commerce.

“We feel your pain and we are committed to doing all that we can as your chamber of commerce to help you through this uncertain time.”

The Chamber also tells Action News Now it’s expecting more help to come in for small businesses.

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