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California still weeks away from determining a timeline to reopen the economy

The coronavirus has our economy on life support. On Thursday, President Trump gave governors a three-phase plan on opening up America again.

Posted: Apr 20, 2020 9:01 AM
Updated: Apr 20, 2020 9:34 AM

CHICO, Calif. – The coronavirus has our economy on life support. On Thursday, President Donald Trump gave governors a three-phase plan on 'Opening Up America Again.'

Action News Now spoke to community members on what they think about reopening the economy.

“I think it's really important that we open the economy to some level because people do need to get back to their jobs and it's important to have businesses and support local business, but to do this I do believe that there need to be strict social distancing protocols,” Tiana Lewis, a community member said.

The state is still weeks away from determining a timeline for reopening the economy.

"I'm just worried about what the repercussions for when we reopen and how it's going to look, are our jobs going to be there?" Sonia Perry, a community member said.

On Thursday, President Trump announced, “Governors will be empowered to tailor their approach” to the situation near them. Governor Gavin Newsom is working with the governors of Oregon and Washington on a plan for reopening the West Coast.

RELATED: Washington, Oregon, California announce coronavirus pact

“I'm kind of in the middle, it’s a good thing because people need to get back to work and I know people are kind of having a hard time right now a bad thing in a way we have to control this virus, kind of keep it where it's at, we are not caught up yet so I don’t think we're out of the woods quiet,” Steven Dalessio, a community member said.

The World Health Organization and the CDC both said social distancing is the best way to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But is everyone following the guidelines?

Community members told Action News Now they have seen some people practicing social distancing, while others are not.

“Well I think it’s a mixed bag, you look around and you see some people going the whole hog and then you see some people not doing it at all, and I think that’s probably the way our country goes, people have their own ideas on what constitutes the appropriate way to comport yourself,” Laurie Carr, a community member said.

Newsom said opening the economy centers on science and data and puts public health ahead of political pressure to get the economy up again.

RELATED: California governor gives outline for lifting virus closures

"I think its a good idea, and I respect people's rights to protest, however, I also support what our governor is trying to do and that is to do it thoughtfully, and with science to back it up," Carr said.

Newsom said the worst mistake he could make is to open the state prematurely.

“Yes, I believe it is being practiced by most responsible adults, I have a lot of concerns about the teenagers who think they are invisible and don’t really care about anybody else, "Ann Rahlp, a community member said. "I have some concerns about adults, especially taking their children out into public without wearing a mask."

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3213222

Reported Deaths: 37543
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles107967215314
San Bernardino2660281678
Riverside2643632857
Orange2377082704
San Diego2286322375
Santa Clara985831264
Kern90564591
Fresno858081067
Sacramento841101185
Alameda70823896
Ventura66402525
San Joaquin59665835
Contra Costa55245489
Stanislaus49065796
Tulare43574542
Monterey37527259
San Mateo34294340
San Francisco30559293
Santa Barbara27149267
Solano27041115
Imperial25707510
Merced25575331
Sonoma25141251
Kings20138161
Placer17839188
San Luis Obispo16957158
Madera14000151
Santa Cruz13009135
Marin12024165
Yolo11210138
Shasta10054129
Butte9820136
El Dorado818462
Sutter806983
Napa800548
Lassen526916
San Benito522351
Yuba517630
Tehama446846
Tuolumne347740
Nevada335574
Mendocino329336
Amador306733
Lake272432
Humboldt262427
Glenn202622
Colusa18719
Calaveras170423
Siskiyou149913
Mono11454
Inyo105129
Del Norte8742
Plumas6135
Modoc3903
Mariposa3555
Trinity3065
Sierra950
Alpine730
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