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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.

Confirmed Cases: 893364

Reported Deaths: 17256
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2940656956
Riverside653861279
San Bernardino615501070
Orange578481434
San Diego53498866
Kern33630415
Fresno30328430
Sacramento24957480
Santa Clara23679385
Alameda23001456
San Joaquin21473488
Contra Costa18342240
Stanislaus17455395
Tulare17365282
Ventura14050160
Imperial12668336
San Francisco12000138
Monterey1122586
San Mateo10961157
Santa Barbara9688119
Merced9415154
Sonoma9099134
Kings818683
Solano724974
Marin7038128
Madera494574
San Luis Obispo409232
Placer405257
Yolo311958
Butte304151
Santa Cruz274425
Napa191815
Shasta183930
Sutter183012
San Benito141915
El Dorado13064
Yuba128810
Mendocino111821
Tehama8248
Lassen7641
Lake67815
Glenn6493
Nevada6018
Humboldt5619
Colusa5496
Calaveras33917
Amador31316
Tuolumne2584
Inyo22015
Siskiyou1870
Mono1762
Del Norte1751
Mariposa782
Plumas630
Modoc280
Trinity250
Sierra60
Alpine30
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