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Californians can hike, shop, golf as virus restrictions ease | California coronavirus updates

Find developments on the coronavirus outbreak in Northern California as we work together to separate facts from fear.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — Here are the latest updates on coronavirus and how local governments are responding to the illness, with a focus on California for Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10.

CALIFORNIA STATUS UPDATE

The California Department of Public Health reports:

  • Confirmed cases: 64,561 (As of May 9).
  • 2,678 deaths
  • 25 state and county labs processing tests for COVID-19
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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS 

  • Californians looking for a hike or some retail therapy won't be disappointed this weekend as stay-at-home orders designed to fight the coronavirus begin to ease. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that tens of thousands of nonessential businesses can reopen with restrictions such as permitting only curbside pickups of purchases. Los Angeles County, which has more than half of the state's COVID-19 deaths, is reopening some hiking trails and golf courses, with social distancing required. And the city of LA is reopening some trails, including those leading to the famous Hollywood sign. 

OUR MISSION: FACTS NOT FEAR

Coronavirus Background

According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. Coronavirus is believed to have been first detected in a seafood market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Currently, there is no vaccine; however, the CDC suggests the following precautions, along with any other respiratory illness:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

WHY HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE SO CONCERNED

Some people have compared the low overall death toll to the flu's high annual death toll in the United States as a reason not to be concerned about COVID-19, however, doctors and health officials are concerned for three main reasons:

  1. Some people have built up immunity to the flu, but few have immunity to COVID-19 version of coronavirus
  2. Both the flu and COVID-19 are spread by droplets, but COVID-19 might be spread in the air. Scientists are researching exactly how COVID-19 spreads.
  3. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public where social distancing measures would be difficult to maintain, like at a grocery store or pharmacy.

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