Coronavirus information from KCBX News
KCBX News aims to provide our audience with the latest local and regional information and updates on the coronavirus and COVID-19. We will update this post as new information becomes available.
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MONDAY , JUNE 29, 2020
- As coronavirus cases continue to climb across California, over the weekend the governor ordered bars to immediately close is several counties, including in nearby Kern County. Sunday's order is also recommending bars and wine tasting rooms in Santa Barbara County to close as well. SB County health officials say per the California Dept. of Public Health, the county has been on a monitoring list for 13 days. Santa Barbara County may be mandated to issue a health officer order to close bars given the rising case count locally, a county press release said Sunday, and that the county health officer is "strongly considering options to address these concerns."
- Governor Gavin Newsom went further for one of the hardest-hit counties in terms of confirmed COVID19 cases. On Friday he ordered Imperial County to not only close bars, but reinstate its stay-at-home order, as the county consistently had more per-capita cases than the rest of the state. The announcement marks the first time Newsom ordered a county to tighten restrictions since businesses began to reopen.
FRIDAY , JUNE 26, 2020
- Santa Barbara County announced Thursday that nail salons, tattoo parlors and other personal services businesses are free to reopen as of today. That's as long as the business completes a self-assessment of whether it has precautions in place.
- San Luis Obispo County libraries are reopening on July 7. According to the library system, "all branches will be following state and county COVID-19 guidelines, and the following precautions will be taken: Patrons will be asked to maintain physical distancing and to wear a face covering while visiting the library; in-house magazines, newspapers, passport services, and Friends of the Library bookstores will not be available at this time; and no seating will be available for leisure reading, and program rooms will remain closed until further notice."
MONDAY, JUNE 22, 2020
- San Luis Obispo County added 38 new cases over the weekend, and health officials are urging people to take precautions, particularly against gatherings and parties, where more person-to-person transmission is taking place.
THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2020
- California is now requiring all people to wear face coverings or masks. Governor Gavin Newsom announced today new guidelines requires the use of cloth face coverings by the general public when "outside the home, with limited exceptions, including children under the age of two, people who have medical or mental health conditions that prevent wearing face coverings, and people who are eating or drinking at a restaurant or establishment that offers food or beverages, and others," according to Paso Robles city staff.
FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020
- San Luis Obispo County schools plan to reopen in time for the 2020/21 school year. The head of the county’s school districts says schools are making the necessary changes over the summer to enable kids to return to campuses. Asked what it may look like, county superintendent James Brescia says there will be a lot more personal protective equipment, or PPE, available. “I think looking at some of the images that you've seen in other countries as a reopening in terms of the protective barriers, the equipment, the hand sanitization, the checking of temperatures, those will be things that I see utilized across our county,” Brescia said. Those changes extend to private and parochial schools, and Brescia says some schools, like those in rural areas like Cuyama, already can space out desks and students. Urban schools will need to make some more physical alterations. Districts will also offer distance learning for those families unable or concerned about returning in the fall.
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