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Kern County Officials respond to Newsom's claim to reverse reopening based on coronavirus case surges

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Posted at 2:39 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 17:39:23-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — On Tuesday, Ryan Alsop, Kern County's chief administrative officer, responded to Newsom's comment about reversing reopening strategies based on the increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases.

On Monday, Newsom said California could reverse reopening the economy if coronavirus cases surge, noting that there has been a slight "uptick" in positive cases relative to the number of tests being administered - California had a record day of administering nearly 100,000 tests on Sunday, state officials said.

When asked if Kern County would be pro-active in reversing the reopening of the economy, Kern County's Cheif Administrative Officer, Ryan Alsop, had this to say: "All counties, working with the State, are monitoring #COVID19 across a number of parameters including transmission rates, hospitalization rates and capacity, to determine adjustments/mitigation. That information is here, https://cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/D."

While the current surge of the "first wave" of COVID-19 is under control, Newsom says he's prepared to reverse reopening measures if the surge surpasses the state's ability to mitigate and "bend this curve down."