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Six months ago California Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency, how do people feel now?

Friday marked six months since Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus, a day California reported it's first official COVID-19 death.

Posted: Sep 4, 2020 11:53 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Friday marked six months since Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus, a day California reported it's first official COVID-19 death.

Normally on a Friday night, sidewalks would be filled with people walking.

Local businesses in Chico agree the first six months were already difficult enough to get through.

Others never expected the virus to have this big of an impact on our everyday lives.

"I had hoped that it would end sooner, but there was no real promise, I was just preparing for the worst," said Aonami Owner and Head Chef Jimmy Lee.

"I expect [the virus] to last for years," he said.

Lee is surprised his restaurant made it through this long. And it wouldn't have if it wasn't for a little help along the way.

"We closed completely for two months and there was no revenue being generated, that was really tough, and without the SBAPPP loan," he said. "We wouldn't have made it this far."

Businesses have adapted to new guidelines such as dining outside only, offering customers hand sanitizer, and enforcing masks.

Other people Action News Now spoke with around the city say they thought the virus was only going to be around for a few months, they can't imagine a whole year.

After the March 4th state of emergency declaration, the governor issued the stay at home order March 19th, then loosened those restrictions on May 8th.

On March 4th, California had a total of 36 confirmed coronavirus cases, and one confirmed death.

Six months later, today, there are more than 728-thousand cases and more than 13,500 deaths.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 923648

Reported Deaths: 17559
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles3050707044
Riverside675521306
San Bernardino641311073
Orange594421468
San Diego55898885
Kern34114420
Fresno31195439
Sacramento25882499
Santa Clara24665404
Alameda23636463
San Joaquin21988492
Contra Costa18877243
Stanislaus17814400
Tulare17730291
Ventura14409166
Imperial13023338
San Francisco12277145
Monterey1153892
San Mateo11278159
Santa Barbara9886126
Sonoma9601136
Merced9588155
Kings848683
Solano758676
Marin7107127
Madera506676
Placer429059
San Luis Obispo424032
Yolo325060
Butte313453
Santa Cruz284825
Shasta199931
Napa199816
Sutter188912
San Benito144915
El Dorado13684
Yuba133810
Mendocino115421
Tehama9219
Lassen7711
Lake70216
Glenn6793
Nevada6328
Humboldt56910
Colusa5536
Calaveras34721
Amador33716
Tuolumne2855
Inyo24015
Siskiyou2140
Mono1822
Del Norte1801
Mariposa812
Plumas760
Modoc450
Trinity280
Sierra60
Alpine40
Unassigned00
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