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In rural California community, officials slow reopening

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Posted at 10:15 AM, May 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 13:15:18-04

(AP) — Humboldt County was among the first in the state to get the governor’s green light to open up restaurants and stores after a two-month statewide lockdown. With about 50 cases reported in April in the county of 130,000, many breathed a sigh of relief. But this month, county officials reported nearly 30 new cases in a two-week period and the first two deaths.

That has prompted officials to take a more cautious approach to reopening. Gov. Gavin Newsom has approved 45 of California’s 58 counties to reopen some businesses since May 8 when he loosened his original mid-March stay-at-home order.