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California Counties Enact Tighter COVID-19 Restrictions

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As coronavirus cases surge in California, county officials enacted stricter COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, a day after the state broke a record with more than 7,400 coronavirus hospitalizations.

Health officials are preparing for a wave of virus cases over the next two or three weeks that could be linked to Thanksgiving gatherings. Authorities had urged residents to stay home and limit their interactions with others, but millions nationwide defied the advice.

California has had nearly 1.2 million confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with 19,121 virus-related deaths.

The state reported 7,415 coronavirus hospitalizations on Sunday, citing the most recently available data from the previous day. More than 1,700 of those patients are in intensive care units. The number of hospitalizations broke the state’s previous record of 7,170 in July.

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Stanislaus, Merced counties revert to most restrictive coronavirus tier

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Stanislaus and Merced counties were among those across California moved back to the state’s most restrictive tier of coronavirus guidelines Monday in response to climbing COVID-19 numbers.

The purple tier designation means that the virus is considered to be widespread.

While the counties are in purple status - the most restrictive of the four color-coded tiers in the state’s reopening guidelines - restaurants will no longer be able to offer indoor dining, churches and gyms can operate outdoors only and retailers must limit their capacity to 25 percent.

Schools which have reopened can continue to operate, in accordance with state guidelines.

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Turlock businesses try to stay afloat under restrictive tier

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Just as local businesses got used to the idea of having customers inside of their establishments once more, Stanislaus County was pushed back into the purple, more restrictive tier of reopening on Monday — and patrons were pushed back outside.

After moving back into the red tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Oct. 13, restaurants, gyms, retail shops and countless other businesses rejoiced as patrons could eat, work out and shop in a less restrictive setting once more — albeit at lower capacity levels.

For a few weeks, the Turlock economy showed signs of resurgence and normalcy as Stanislaus County remained in the red tier, with diners enjoying meals indoors and gym goers returning to the treadmills at gyms as the temperature outdoors steadily dropped. As COVID-19 cases surge both locally and statewide, however, Monday saw Newsom place 41 counties back into the purple tier, Stanislaus County included.

The announcement wasn’t a complete shock, as Stanislaus County was placed in the purple tier by the state last week but had appealed the decision. Monday saw those hopes come to an end.

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