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COVID-19 test sites close in Stanislaus County as state ends emergency declaration

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Stanislaus County’s drive-up testing sites in Salida and Turlock are closed as the California’s COVID-19 state of emergency comes to its end Tuesday.

The state of emergency declared in March 2020 gave Gov. Gavin Newsom authority to issue orders and use resources in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the orders ended months ago and the state is phasing out remaining regulations.

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All Turlock city offices temporarily close due to COVID outbreak

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — A COVID-19 outbreak among city employees has forced Turlock to temporarily shut down all of its offices. 

As many as 50 Turlock employees tested positive for COVID-19 last week and more were exposed, forcing the temporary closure

“In all of that time, this is the most significant number of positive cases that we have seen among city employees,” Turlock Police Capt. Steven Williams said. “The decision was made to continue to close offices from at least Monday, Jan. 10, through Jan. 21.” 

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Closed for now and unemployed: Fresno businesses, workers feel pain of new COVID lockdown

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On the final day that salons and barbershops in Fresno County were allowed to remain open before the latest coronavirus stay-at-home orders went into effect, a local business owner reminded his employees to file for unemployment as soon as they could.

“Hopefully, they’ll get their funds by Christmas,” said Matt Kneeland, a franchisee of six Sports Clips Haircuts in the central San Joaquin Valley.

“But I don’t know,” added Kneeland, who has 41 employees. “Unemployment takes about three weeks before the funds come in.

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Sacramento County restaurants forced to close indoor operations again: ‘I’m devastated’

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SACRAMENTO, CA (KOVR) -- Sacramento and Stanislaus counties are back to square one. Both counties in the purple tier again, which means no more indoor operations.

This will be shut down number three for some midtown Sacramento restaurants, and this time, it’s happening when the temperatures are dropping. Some owners say it’s nearly impossible to operate solely outside.

“I know we’ll see more of our friends lose businesses, but I’m not sure how we’ll survive,” said Ray Ballestro, Owner at Allaro.

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San Diego County Shuts Down Bars, Breweries Again

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San Diego County ordered all bars, wineries and breweries that do not serve food to close by the end of the month, officials announced Monday.

“We will be closing all bars, wineries and breweries in San Diego County that do not have a license to serve food,” Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said.

The order goes into effect at midnight on July 1, Fletcher said. All additional reopenings will be paused until at least August 1, when county officials will reevaluate guidance for San Diego.

“It’s a simple reality that alcohol consumption impairs judgment and may lead to less compliance with physical distancing guidelines. People often spend more time in a bar than other establishments, like a restaurant for eating. Loud bars and loud settings require loud conversations and yelling which spreads droplets more efficiently and more effectively than you would see in other settings. And then people who do not know each other often congregate in bars, making it difficult to engage in throughout contact tracing about who may have been exposed,” Fletcher said.

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Stanislaus County not closing bars to curb spread of coronavirus. Will the state do it?

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Stanislaus County leaders didn’t take any steps Monday to follow through with a state recommendation Sunday to close bars as a way to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Top state officials didn’t do anything Monday to make the order mandatory in this county. And no one was sure what effect bar closures would have on tamping down the rate of new infections here.

County officials discussed the possible action and other topics at a meeting Monday but decided to wait.

“We are seeking clarification from the state on what discretion, if any, we have as a local community to make this decision,” Jody Hayes, chief executive officer, said in an email to The Modesto Bee.

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Governor orders bars in 7 California counties to close

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday ordered bars that have opened in seven California counties, including Los Angeles, to immediately close and urged bars in eight other counties to do the same, saying the coronavirus was rapidly spreading in those parts of the state and that bar settings create a higher risk of transmission.

Los Angeles is the most populous county affected by the mandatory bar closure order. The other counties are: Fresno, San Joaquin, Kings, Kern, Imperial and Tulare.

State officials asked eight other counties — Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Stanislaus — to issue local health orders closing bars.

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