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Virus cases spur California county to stall reopening

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Virus cases spur California county to stall reopening

Hikers utilize the Innsdale Trail near the famed Hollywood Sign, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. Several parks and trails have recently reopened in the city during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) By Kathleen Ronayne and Brian Melley | Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The first California county to backpedal on its reopening plan wasn’t one of the urban areas that agitated to reopen or a coastal area where beaches draw crowds but a remote outpost that didn’t have a single known coronavirus case until last week.

All it took was a single infection that spread to four other people before Lassen County, home to 30,000 people living in pine-covered mountains and the high desert of Northern California, temporarily rescinded reopening orders. Dining at restaurants, in-store shopping, hair cuts and religious services are now barred for at least seven days.

Some businesses had to shut down after rehiring staff, sanitizing equipment and training workers on hygiene.

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The county on the Nevada border had not reported a coronavirus case until May 22, when a resident who had traveled outside the county and became ill and tested positive, said Barbara Longo, the county health and social services director.

A small team of 11 nurses and other health department employees went to work over the holiday weekend to try to track down everyone who had been in contact with the infected person and get them tested, leading to all the additional cases, including the spouse of the initial patient.

Several more people who had come into contact with the initial person infected were also under orders to stay home for two weeks, the incubation […]

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