CALIFORNIA - The California Department of Public Health has approved additional counties that also meet the "readiness criteria" for reopening certain establishments at a quicker speed during phase 2 of California's reopen plan.
Butte and El Dorado were the first two California counties that received state approval Tuesday to more quickly reopen some services as officials gradually relax restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
Wednesday afternoon, the California Department of Public Health posted documents from Tehama, Glenn, Colusa, Plumas, Yuba-Sutter, Sierra, San Benito, and Tuolumne counties on its website. Those counties join the list of Butte, El Dorado, Lassen, Shasta, Placer, Amador, and Nevada counties that can move more quickly through stage 2 opening sectors.
Several more of California’s 58 counties are in negotiations with state health officials to move more swiftly, according to Newsom.
Although just approved, Sutter and Yuba counties defied the governor by reopening before getting state approval. Which lead to Newsom's administration last week who threatened to withhold federal disaster funds if they continued under their own plans, which they did.
Northern California lawmakers defended the three other rural counties while celebrating state approval for others.
“Without Modoc, Yuba and Sutter Counties leading the way, rural California wouldn’t have gotten the governor’s attention and Butte County wouldn’t be in the position we are today with reopening,” Butte County Supervisor Bill Connelly said in a statement.
Newsom again signaled his willingness to work with more populated counties that might fail the state’s criteria for reopening. For instance, a major outbreak at a prison or nursing home could skew a county’s case data out of acceptable state standards even though it meets other requirements.