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    The conflict between Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Montgomery County over who can make the call on reopening private schools in the state’s most populous county took another step Wednesday, with county Health Director Travis Gayles issuing a new order suspending in-person teaching at all nonpublic schools until Oct. 1. County officials said the new order bypasses an amendment issued Monday by Hogan, a Republican, that empowers private and parochial schools to make their own reopening decisions based on public health guidelines. It followed an order the previous week from Montgomery County mandating private schools begin the fall with online classes — something that sparked pushback from some parents and Hogan. Hogan, in a statement on Monday, called that...
    SANTA CRUZ (CBS SF) — With COVID-19 case rates increasing in Santa Cruz County, local leaders began implementing creative options to limit the spread of the virus this week. After reporting over 800 news cases last week, county public health officer Dr. Gail Newel announced on Wednesday two new countywide initiatives: an urgency ordinance for health order violations and the Blue Check program.  The urgency ordinance, passed unanimously by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, allows law enforcement officers or designated staff to penalize health order violations through administrative citations instead of misdemeanors. The citation will result in a $100 fine for the first violation, $200 for a second, and $500 for a third within a calendar year....
    REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – Effective immediately, residents and businesses that do not comply with state COVID-19 health orders in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties are subject to fines after lawmakers voted unanimously in favor emergency ordinances, Tuesday afternoon. Supervisor David Canepa introduced the law in San Mateo County, which includes face masks and other statewide measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. “If you don’t wear your face mask, then you should be fined. This ordinance decriminalizes violations of the health order essentially but at the same time gives us an added tool to enforce compliance of the state’s face covering and social distancing mandates,” Canepa said. Individuals in both counties may be fined $100...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has acknowledged that state officials planned to sue if Douglas County’s health director issued an Omaha-area mask order to try to slow the spread of coronavirus. Ricketts, a Republican, acknowledged Monday that officials from his office and the attorney general’s office told Douglas County Health Director Adi Pour by phone last week that she didn’t have the legal authority to issue an order requiring people to wear masks in public, the Omaha World-Herald reported. “If she moved forward, we would challenge that in court,” Ricketts said during a news conference. The governor’s account helps explain Pour’s surprise decision last Thursday to not issue the mask order, despite a unanimous vote by the county’s...
    The "arbitrary" actions of local officials who insist in keeping schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic need to be "resisted," said Laura Ingraham on Monday, specifically blasting a recent order from Montgomery County health officials in Maryland. “Some unelected overpaid county official thinks that he has the unilateral authority to shut it all down?” Ingraham said during her monologue on “The Ingraham Angle.” Ingraham said that within 24 hours of the order to shut down schools, thousands of parents in the county – which consisted mostly of moms – mobilized to push back against the school shutdown order. “A Facebook page was set up, a protest was scheduled, and an online petition began. Official email addresses, phone numbers for all relevant officials were posted,” the...
    SAN MATEO COUNTY (CBS SF) – Fines for violating health orders to stop the spread of COVID-19 could be coming to the Peninsula, as San Mateo County may become the latest in the Bay Area to impose penalties. San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa told KPIX 5 that he’s proposing fines for people who don’t wear masks or practice social distancing. Penalties would range anywhere from $100 to $3,000. Canepa said he knows he will hear from folks who are concerned about their freedom. “Your freedom of not wearing the mask and not social distancing and going to these large parties and gatherings. You’re killing people,” Canepa said. Canepa’s call for fines comes as San Mateo County ended up on...
    In this file photo professional wait to administer a coronavirus (COVID-19) test during a drive-thru testing station in Daly City, California. In this file photo professional wait to administer a coronavirus (COVID-19) test during a drive-thru testing station in Daly City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images In this file photo professional wait to administer a coronavirus (COVID-19) test during a drive-thru testing station in Daly City, California. In this file photo professional wait to administer a coronavirus (COVID-19) test during a drive-thru testing station in Daly City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Coronavirus updates: Bay Area county...
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has extended an order that closed all bars in Monongalia County for an additional 10 days due to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest order is effective until Aug. 13. The county includes West Virginia University’s Morgantown campus. Students will start moving back into campus residence halls starting Aug. 15 for the fall semester. Monongalia County has reported at least 900 confirmed virus cases, by far the most in the state, according to state health officials. More than half of the county's active cases are in the 20 to 29 age group, Justice initially closed the county's bars on July 13. He extended the 10-day order on July 23 and again on...
    SONOMA COUNTY (KPIX 5) — One by one, Bay Area counties are starting to crack down on violators of the coronavirus health orders as people defy the law and cases of COVID-19 continue to climb. “If we don’t get serious, ashes to ashes, we all fall down,” said Lifelong Medical Care Dr. Desmond Carson. The emotional plea was made Friday as California became the first state in the nation to reach 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. The state also reported 9,147 deaths. “People must respect the guidelines of the health community, we must wear masks,” Dr. Carson said. Despite the orders, individuals and business owners continue to break the law. Now some Bay Area counties are beginning to warn residents and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Hundreds, if not thousands, packed in to watch an annual rodeo in Itasca County last weekend. Now, the Minnesota Attorney General is suing the organizers as the State Health Department says someone at that rodeo had COVID-19 and could have spread it to others. Despite the governor’s order limiting crowd size at events, the 65th annual North Star Stampede Rodeo in Effie, Minnesota went off without a hitch. The organizer shared online he would not welcome spectators — but would allow protestors. But the Minnesota Attorney General’s office says the organizers did not have the right to host that many people without proper precautions like limiting to 250 people and selling tickets in advance. And now the state...
    ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Private schools in Montgomery County will not be able to reopen for in-person learning until at least October 1 under a new order from the county’s health officer. The order, which County Health Officer Dr. Travis Gayles signed on Friday, takes effect at 6 a.m. on Monday. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Public schools in the county will operate virtually through the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. READ: Maryland Back To School 2020 | County-By-County Decisions On School Reopenings Amid COVID-19 For the latest...
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Bandimere Speedway will reopen again Wednesday afternoon after reaching an agreement with Jefferson County Public Health. Bandimere decided to cancel events over the past weekend due to COVID-19 restrictions. (credit: CBS) Jefferson County had requested a temporary restraining order just prior to a July 4 event at the speedway in which an estimated 7,500 people attended. At a hearing last week, the county’s request for an injunction was denied and determined as moot due to a new county health order. The new order requires everyone in the county age 11 and up to wear a face covering both inside and while outdoors. The Colorado mandate already requires face masks to be worn in public indoor...
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Bandimere Speedway reached an agreement on Tuesday with Jefferson County Public Health to resume racing as soon as Wednesday. Bandimere decided to cancel events over the weekend due to COVID-19 restrictions. (credit: CBS) Jefferson County had requested a temporary restraining order just prior to a July 4 event at the speedway in which an estimated 7,500 people attended. At a hearing last week, the county’s request for an injunction was denied and determined as moot due to a new county health order. The new order requires everyone in the county age 11 and up to wear a face covering both inside and while outdoors. The Colorado mandate already requires face masks to be worn in...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    DALLAS and FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a legal opinion letter Tuesday that says local health authorities can’t issue blanket orders to close schools to prevent future COVID-19 cases. “We’re very disappointed that the health authority order was sort of overruled,” said Vinny Taneja, Tarrant County Public Health Director. Both Tarrant and Dallas County health officials had previously issued orders delaying in-person education. Dallas County Health and Human Services’ order pushed the start of face-to-face education to September 7. “We had 18 days of 1,000 or more new cases reported every day,” said Dr. Philip Huang, the director of DCHHS. “So it was really just to protect students, teachers, and staff in that context.” Tarrant...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday used its emergency powers under state law to pass a new ordinance that establishes fines for violations of COVID-19 public health orders including the wearing of face coverings. Violations of coronavirus pandemic public health orders can also pertain to inadequate social distancing and group gatherings. The Board unanimously approved Ordinance No. 2020-21 effective immediately after determining it was necessary to provide an alternative to criminal enforcement of public health orders that will augment the ability of Contra Costa County and other local agencies to ensure compliance with public health orders and slow the spread of COVID-19. “Many people are following the Health Orders, but we need to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    Contra Costa could soon become the third Bay Area county to authorize administrative citations for anyone violating public health orders. A vote on the proposed ordinance, which is similar to those in Marin and Napa counties, is on the Board of Supervisors’ agenda for their meeting Tuesday. It would give city and county officials the ability to cite social distancing scofflaws with fines starting at $100 for individuals and as high as $1,000 for businesses for each violation. Staff members began putting together the proposal following their meeting two weeks ago, July 14. In the time since, the Boards of Supervisors in Napa and Marin counties approved similar orders, though there are some differences. The Napa County order, the first...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The face covering order for the Tri-County Health Department went into effect on Friday. The order to prevent the spread of coronavirus includes Arapahoe, Adams and Douglas counties. (credit: iStock/Getty Images) The order, announced on July 8, was amended to align with Gov. Jared Polis’ statewide order that went into effect July 16. The Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) order, like the statewide order, requires people to wear a face mask in public spaces and, in addition, requires use of face coverings in outdoor spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained. RELATED: You Can Wear Mask And Carry A Concealed Weapon In Colorado, Weld County Sheriff Says According to TCHD, Apart from requiring face-coverings in outdoor locations...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — An RV fire in North Sacramento off of Opportunity Street is a part of a burning issue for neighbors who live by the busy business area. “We’re really just tired of this crap over here,” Dinesh Kumar, an upset neighbor, said. They said what started out as a handful of homeless people parking their RVs along Opportunity Street has exploded to more than a dozen at a time, and the city won’t do anything about it. “We get little to no response from the city. I’ve also talked to code enforcement officers and they go ahead and message me but that’s about it.” Theresa Neal, an upset neighbor, said. “Now, we have something like this blowing up...
    DENVER (AP) — A judge decided against sanctioning a Colorado drag racing track Tuesday for violating social distancing rules during a July 4 event but said the track must abide by public health orders to stem the spread of the coronavirus, even if those orders are constantly changing. The case involving Bandimere Speedway, nestled in the Rocky Mountain foothills near Denver, and the Jefferson County Public Health department pitted government’s authority to enforce health orders against the track owners’ freedom to conduct business under liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. District Judge Tamara Russell’s ruling didn’t completely satisfy either side. She denied the county’s request to issue a permanent restraining order against Bandimere for lapses in social distancing and other...
    DeKalb County joins the growing list of municipalities in Georgia defying the governor's executive order by issuing mask mandates. County commissioners passed an amended ordinance Tuesday morning requiring face coverings to fight the spread of COVID-19. The amended ordinance, which CEO Thurmond asserts is “consistent” with Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive order, requires DeKalb residents over age eight “to utilize a face covering or mask which covers the nose and mouth when in any public place.” “We must do everything within our authority to stop the spread of this deadly virus,” CEO Thurmond said. “According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, wearing face coverings or masks, maintaining social distance and washing our hands frequently are the best ways to protect ourselves...
    MORRISON, Colo. (CBS4)– A Jefferson County judge is warning Bandimere Speedway that it must comply with a new health order regarding outdoor crowds. Because of that order, the judge said there is no need to issue an injunction. (credit: CBS) This comes weeks after a July 4 event where Bandimere Speedway violated a temporary restraining order after failing to comply with crowd limitations. The restraining order limited the crowd to 175 people. Health officials say Bandimere failed to enforce the order at the event in which more than 175 people attended. Jefferson County had requested the injunction for prevention of coronavirus after the July 4 event. As John Bandimere emerged from court on Tuesday, there were cheers from supporters. “You...
    FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) — Students in Tarrant County will not being going back to school in-person. Authorities with Tarrant County Public Health imposed an order on schools Tuesday that keeps students at home, earning virtually, until at least the end of September. In Fort Worth, more than half of the students who had registered for the 2020 fall semester indicated they wanted to go back to class in-person next month. And that was the plan of the Fort Worth Independent School District too as of yesterday. But everything changed Tuesday morning after three local health authorities signed an order preventing kids from returning to classrooms. “It was our position that we wanted students and teachers to be safe,” said FWISD...
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Venues in Jefferson County that wish to hold large events will now need to provide a plan outlining how they will keep Coloradans safe while abiding by the current statewide safer-at-home health order. The Jefferson County Public Health Department issued a new health order, 20-007, which calls for events with more than one activity, more than 100 people inside or 175 people outside to be approved. The order takes effect July 20 until Aug. 19, unless it’s extended. (credit: CBS)   This order follows a battle between the county health department and Bandimere Speedway which hosted a July 4th event with more than 175 people in attendance. On July 9, Judge Tamara Russell heard Jefferson County’s...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles County is reporting another 3,160 cases of COVID-19, bringing the county’s total throughout the pandemic to 159,045. County health director Barbara Ferrer also announced another nine deaths have been reported due to the coronavirus as Monday marked the fourth day in the last week of a new high in the number of COVID patients in county hospitals. Roughly 92% of people who died had underlying health conditions, Ferrer said, 47% of which occurred among Hispanic residents. There are currently 2,188 confirmed cases hospitalized countywide, marking .02% of the population of L.A. County. Ferrer also signaled the county would be adhering to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order to delay reopening schools for in-person instruction. Under...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Walnut Creek park display shouldn’t be new normal Kudos to the Walnut Creek Parks people for quickly cleaning up the huge mess left at Heather Farm Park on Sunday, July 12. Hundreds of folks barbecued, picnicked and partied, launching fireworks for hours, while their kids happily played on the slides and swings, despite the signs clearly saying the playground was closed, due to COVID19. Social distancing and masks were largely ignored. Police were called about the loud fireworks, but none were ever seen, leaving people to wonder why. Fireworks were heard late into the evening. I’m all for having fun, but come on. Is this...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County’s decision to not allow schools to reopen for in-person classes before Sept. 8 has a big effect on high school sports. According to the order, all school-sponsored events and activities such as sports and competitions cannot take place until after in-person instruction begins. High school football players and coaches had been hoping all summer that there would be season during the 2020-2021 school year. That hope still remains, but, if there is a season, it would have a much-delayed start. High schools started summer strength and conditioning programs over a month ago with strict guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some were interrupted due to positive tests for the virus. Workouts did resume earlier...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen has announced a new order to stem the spread of COVID-19 has been issued. Starting at 5:00 p.m., the July 8 order will be rescinded. The order says: Indoor and outdoor seating areas for sit-down, dine-in service at bars, restaurants, and private catered events shall be closed to patrons by 11:00 p.m. Take-out sales continue to be permitted after 11:00 p.m., consistent with applicable Pennsylvania law. The use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited at all indoor and outdoor dining facilities and indoors at casinos. Events and gathers other than those in businesses in the retail and foodservice industries are limited to 25 people or less...
    SAN MATEO COUNTY (CBS SF) – Nursing homes in San Mateo County will soon be allowed to welcome visitors, with limitations, under a new order issued Wednesday. The new order by Health Officer Dr. Scott Morrow allows for limited outdoor visits from family and friends of residents, along with spiritual advisors and those charged with making legal decisions. Under the new rules, outdoor visits must be scheduled in advance and be in a designated area that facilitates social distancing. Residents and staff supervising the visit would be required to wear surgical masks, while visitors must wear face coverings. No more than two adults can visit one resident, but cohabitating residents may participate in the same visit together. The order does...
    Mask up, or risk being fined in wine country. The Napa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday authorized citations from $25 to $500 for individuals and $200 to $5,000 for businesses that receive repeated complaints for violations of state and local health orders. But supervisors stressed the priority of education over enforcement. In the steps laid out in the policy, it takes multiple complaints to receive a written warning, and more violations after that before a potential penalty. After an initial complaint, a code enforcement employee will contact the business in violation with steps to remedy the situation. If complaints continue to file into the county database, the county should follow up in person with a written warning. If more...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Young Men Republican Club of Allegheny County has been ordered by the health department to close for violating the current regulations for bars and restaurants. A report by the health department says the Young Men Republican Club of Allegheny County on Suismon Street was open and operating when it was inspected on July 13. The report lists the purpose of the inspection as “complaint.” According to the report, there were nine customers inside drinking, eating food and playing pool. People were sitting at the bar, tables and chairs were spaced less than six feet apart and there was “no indication of reduced capacity and restriction of seating,” says the report. The bartender’s mask was being worn...
    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials on Tuesday reported an additional 227 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to more than 15,500 since the coronavirus outbreak began. The latest figures show Bernalillo County, which includes the state’s most populous metro area, added another 65 confirmed cases. Health officials also reported three additional deaths, bringing that total to 551. The latest deaths include a McKinley County man and San Juan County woman, both in the their 30s, who had underlying conditions. New Mexico has been added to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut’s quarantine list because it’s among states where infection rates have been growing. The number of cases in New Mexico and elsewhere is thought to be...
    VENTURA (CBSLA) — Ventura County reported 373 newly confirmed coronavirus cases over the weekend, bringing countywide totals to 4,619 cases and 53 virus-related deaths. A screen onstage shows cars in the parking area during the drive-in live music event ‘Concerts in your Car’ at the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center on July 11. (Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP-Getty) The news comes the same day Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of indoor businesses across the state with stricter mandates in county’s on the state’s watchlist — including Ventura — in an effort to slow the spread of the illness. In light of the statewide mandate, health officials expanded indoor closures in Ventura County to include gyms and fitness centers, places...
    Cuyahoga County — which houses Cleveland, Ohio — has created a hotline so that people can tattle on their neighbors for not wearing masks. Ironically, the county executive claims that they “want people to [wear masks] voluntarily.” Cuyahoga County has taken Ohio governor Mike DeWine’s mask order to the next level by establishing a hotline that allows people to report others for not wearing what is now considered proper attire in the new era of the Chinese coronavirus, according to a report by Cleveland.com. The report added that the governor’s mask order will largely rely upon complaints filed by the public, rather than proactive policing. “This is not intended to be going out and finding people not wearing masks,” insisted Cuyahoga...
    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Cascade County in central Montana has issued a public health order limiting indoor events to 250 people and outdoor events to 500. The Cascade City-County Health Department issued the order Friday that also requires organizers of events with 100 to 500 people submit an event packet for approval before the event can take place. The Great Falls Tribune reports that officials say the restrictions are reasonable and intended to protect the community from the coronavirus. Montana on Saturday had 1,677 confirmed cases and 29 deaths due to the virus, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags:...
    BEAVER COUNTY (KDKA) — Restaurants in Allegheny County reopened in a limited capacity on Friday under the county Health Department’s newest order. The two-week order allows outdoor dining, requires customers at restaurants to be seated at a table and limits on-site consumption of alcohol to three drinks per person. All dine-in service must be finished by 11 p.m. each night. CLICK HERE: READ THE FULL ORDER Although the new order is more relaxed than the previous order, it doesn’t change the situation for some Allegheny County restaurants. Paul Anzaldi is the co-owner of Cala Lily Restaurant and Bar, which sits in the middle of a small strip mall in Gibsonia. “We can’t fit enough tables in the front there without...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Health officials in Santa Clara County are urging all businesses planning to resume operations under the new health order — including those already open — to complete the new online social distancing protocol form before the Monday deadline. Filling out the form will help the county ensure that the necessary steps are enacted to prevent transmission of COVID-19 as much as possible, officials said. The county also changed the new health order, issued on July 2, from allowing indoor gatherings of up to 20 to no indoor gatherings allowed. This comes after the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Outdoor gatherings of up to 60 people will still be allowed in accordance with social...
    BUTLER, Pa. (KDKA) — The Butler County Board of Commissioners says Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Health Department will not be handing down new mandates for restaurants and bars in the county. Though there were indications of that possibility earlier this week, Butler County Commissioner Kim Geyer now says there will be no new orders. The state informed Butler County commissioners of the decision on Friday. In a press release, Geyer said “There’s going to be no orders forthcoming from the governor’s office for Butler County. The numbers in Butler County do not support business closures.” Any closures or restrictions are mandated at the state level. Over in Westmoreland County, Commissioner Gina Cerilli says there will be no changes...
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. (KDKA) — Restaurants in Allegheny County are preparing for more relaxed dining restrictions, which go into effect Friday at 12:01 a.m. The new restrictions, from the Allegheny County Health Department, allow restaurants to offer outdoor dining. Indoor dining is still prohibited. CLICK HERE: READ THE FULL ORDER Customers must be seated at a table and may have up to three alcoholic drinks each. All dining service must stop at 11 p.m., and takeout food and alcohol is still allowed. The county is also still restricting the size of gatherings. Gatherings indoors cannot exceed 25 people, while gatherings outdoors cannot exceed 50 people. The newest order replaces the order from a week ago that mandated all Allegheny County...
    DOUGALS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — Douglas County is withdrawing from the Tri-County Health Department — and will opt out of the mandatory mask order the health department is planning issue. Douglas County officials announced the decision Thursday evening. “The Board of County Commissioners today directed the County Attorney to issue a formal statement to [the Tri-County Health Department], activating the opt-out clause in the agency’s forthcoming mask mandate order, as well as written notice of intent to withdraw from TCDH,” officials tweeted. The Board of County Commissioners today directed the County Attorney to issue a formal statement to @TCHDHealth, activating the opt-out clause in the agency’s forthcoming mask mandate order, as well as written notice of intent to withdraw from...
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)–  A temporary restraining order will remain in effect, limiting crowds at Bandimere Speedway to 175 people, the judge ruled Thursday. Judge Tamara Russell will rule on Jefferson County’s request for a temporary injunction against the venue in two weeks. (credit: CBS) Last Saturday, there was an impressive July 4th fireworks display at Bandimere, along with races. But the county’s health director testified that a public order was violated by unmasked fans standing close together. Instead of the 175 person maximum, there were more like 7,500. (credit: CBS) John Bandimere and his attorney said Wednesday that the future of the longtime racetrack is at stake. Randy Corporan, the attorney for the speedway told reporters, “Those numbers the...
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)–  A temporary restraining order will remain in effect, limiting crowds at Bandimere Speedway to 175 people, the judge ruled Thursday. Judge Tamara Russell will rule on Jefferson County’s request for a temporary injunction against the venue in two weeks. (credit: CBS) Last Saturday, there was an impressive July 4th fireworks display at Bandimere, along with races. But the county’s health director testified that a public order was violated by unmasked fans standing close together. Instead of the 175 person maximum, there were more like 7,500. (credit: CBS) John Bandimere and his attorney said Wednesday that the future of the longtime racetrack is at stake. Randy Corporan, the attorney for the speedway told reporters, “Those numbers the...
    AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Health officials who oversee a large swath of suburban Denver decided Wednesday to impose a mask-wearing requirement to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but jurisdictions will be allowed to opt out of the order. The Tri-County Health Department's Board of Health voted 5-4 on the mask order, which will apply to Douglas, Arapahoe and Adams counties, the Aurora Sentinel reported. “Everybody should be wearing a mask across the Tri-County area,” said Adams County representative Julie Mullica, an infectious disease expert who voted for the order. Wednesday's vote directs Dr. John Douglas, Tri-County Health's executive director, to set out details of the order, including where masks are and are not required. But the ultimate decision will...
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Local governments and agencies are placing restrictions on gatherings and are urging residents to wear masks as the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Montana continues to increase. The Whitefish City Council adopted a resolution on Monday encouraging mask use. Lewis and Clark Public Health set stringent guidelines for events with between 50 and 249 attendees and is now prohibiting events with more than 250 attendees to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A private outdoor prom for juniors and seniors at Helena's two high schools that had been planned for Wednesday evening was canceled, the Independent Record reported. The Missoula City-County Board of Health is scheduled to vote Thursday on a proposed mask mandate...
    A high number of coronavirus cases in the South Lake Tahoe area has prompted county supervisors to call an emergency meeting about enforcing rules aimed at limiting the disease’s spread. The agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors includes a call for “direction to staff regarding enforcement against businesses and individuals who fail to comply with state and local health requirements.” A news release Wednesday from the county focuses on a jump since the start of June in coronavirus cases in the county’s Lake Tahoe communities, including Twin Bridges, Meyers, Tahoma, part of Kirkwood and the city of South Lake Tahoe. “As evidenced over the recent holiday weekend, too many (people) are still taking...
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    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen may issue a new order tomorrow to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus as the county has seen several days of triple digit new coronavirus cases. At a press conference Tuesday, Dr. Bogen says she hopes to issue a new order and is considering limiting event sizes, as well as and addressing food and beverage service. “I hope to release a new order by later tomorrow afternoon,” says Dr. Bogen. “I am considering modifying the event limits and restrictions for outdoor food and beverage service at restaurants.” She says they’ll take a “a big, broad look at all the data we have to inform the decision making.”...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All Dane County residents will be required to wear masks when indoors, except at their own home, under the first order of its kind issued Tuesday in Wisconsin as cases of COVID-19 are rising in the state, particularly among young adults. The order from Public Health Madison and Dane County takes effect Monday. It’s the first community to issue a mask requirement in Wisconsin, but it’s unlikely to be the last. Milwaukee is also discussing taking similar steps. “Public health research now shows that face coverings are critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19,” Janel Heinrich, director of Public Health Madison and Dane County, said in a statement. “Given the current number of COVID-19 infections in...
    In mid-May, Merced County Sheriff Vernon Warnke had a lot to say about California’s stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of coronavirus, none of it good. He posted a defiant message to Facebook saying he refused to enforce the state’s orders because they meant “economic slaughter” and he believed government had no right to tell him or anyone else it was too risky to get a haircut or dental checkup. “I truly believe that Governor Newsom’s motivation is to have the majority of the citizens (and illegal residents) dependant [sic] on governments assistance so he could maintain this control once this ‘pandemic’ is declared over,” Warnke wrote. Two months later, with cases spiking and Merced County now on...
    MORRISON, Colo. (CBS4) — Attendance at Saturday’s Bandimere Speedway event was deeply curtailed Thursday by a Jefferson County judge who granted a temporary restraining order limiting participation at the 20,000-seat drag strip to 175 people. The Jefferson County Health Department steered the matter into the courts after expressing its concerns about adherence of the county’s Covid-19 restrictions and receiving no response from the speedway since Monday. That was the day Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director Mark B. Johnson sent a letter to John C. Bandimere Jr., the Chief Spiritual Officer of Bandimere Speedway. In the letter, Johnson wrote “Competitive events such as races and endurance events are permitted as long as the six-foot distancing and limitations on group size...
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Knox County on Friday joined Nashville and Memphis in requiring people to wear face masks in many public settings to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. The order from the Knox County Board of Health specifically mandates that in most indoor public places, every person aged 12 or older must wear a face covering when they are within 6 feet of another person who does not live in the same household, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The order will remain in place until the board of health votes to rescind or change it. For those who do not have masks, the Knox County Health Department is providing free, state-issued cloth masks. Dr. Patrick O’Brien, the...
    ALLEGHENY COUNTY (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is forcing bars, restaurants and casinos to close, as well as all activities and events with over 25 people to be canceled. This order comes as the Allegheny County Health Department announced 233 new Coronavirus cases on Thursday. Over the last two weeks, the health department has been reporting higher new case numbers for the virus than the county has ever seen since the pandemic hit. Dr. Bogen is also urging Allegheny County residents to not leave their houses unless it is absolutely necessary. This order comes in addition to the on-site alcohol ban announced on Sunday. (Photo Credit: KDKA) Takeout and delivery will still be available. The closure will...
    SANTA CLARA CO., Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Clara County is dropping its shelter-in-place order and instead adopting a new health order that lays the groundwork for reopening hair salons, nail salons and gyms.The new order will take effect July 13 or when the county receives permission from the state to move forward, whichever date comes later.RELATED: Gov. Newsom orders indoor restaurants, wineries, movie theaters to close in most of CAOnce the county is allowed to move forward, the following sectors will be given guidance to reopen: Personal care services, such as hair salons, nail salons, tattoo and piercing shops, massage parlors, and other body care services Small social gatherings, including religious, political and friends/family Gyms Hotels and motels ...
    SANTA CLARA CO., Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Clara County is dropping its stay-at-home order more than three months into the battle with coronavirus. County officials are holding a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday to announce a new health order that will replace current shelter-in-place guidelines.RELATED: Gov. Newsom orders indoor restaurants, wineries, movie theaters to close in most of CAWe'll be streaming the press conference live here, on Facebook and YouTube.The new health order will end the county's sector-by-sector approach to reopening. Instead, it will be a "framework that people will be able to live within for a long time," said Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody earlier this week.Santa Clara County was the epicenter of the Bay Area's coronavirus outbreak...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County officials were scheduled to announce details of a new health order Thursday amid a surge in new coronavirus cases. County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody, Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez and other officials were to speak about the new health order at a 2 p.m. press conference Thursday at the county building at 70 W. Hedding St. in San Jose. On Wednesday, Santa Clara County reported more than 200 new COVID-19 cases. Currently, there are 4,750 cases in the county, the second-highest in the Bay Area after Alameda County. The 159 deaths in the county are the most in the Bay Area. Earlier this week, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a rollback...
    SANTA CLARA CO., Calif. (KGO) -- Santa Clara County is dropping its stay-at-home order more than three months into the battle with coronavirus. County officials are holding a press conference at 2 p.m. Thursday to announce a new health order that will replace current shelter-in-place guidelines.RELATED: Gov. Newsom orders indoor restaurants, wineries, movie theaters to close in most of CAWe'll be streaming the press conference live here, on Facebook and YouTube.The new health order will end the county's sector-by-sector approach to reopening. Instead, it will be a "framework that people will be able to live within for a long time," said Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody earlier this week.Santa Clara County was the epicenter of the Bay Area's coronavirus outbreak...
    SANTA CLARITA (CBSLA) — This July 4th weekend, the skies over Santa Clarita won’t be lit up with fireworks. The city just announced they’re canceling this year’s fireworks show to comply with the modified Los Angeles County Public Health order prohibiting the displays. County officials banned the shows to prevent crowds from gathering after an alarming spike of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. “It was disappointing because the Fourth of July is unquestionably the most celebrated holiday here in Santa Clarita,” said Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth. Smyth said he understands the health department’s concerns, but he doesn’t understand why the county wouldn’t let them go forward when they had safety protocols in place – like preventing parking or pedestrian traffic...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles County health officials reported more than 2,000 newly confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday for the fourth consecutive day. Health officials confirmed there were 2,002 additional cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the countywide total to 105,507 — though officials noted that they were missing reports from one of the county’s larger labs. There were also 35 more deaths reported, bringing the county’s death toll to 3,402. Officials also reported that the county was continuing to see steep increases in community spread of the virus. With testing results available for nearly 1,120,000 individuals, the county reported 9% of people were testing positive. As of Wednesday, 1,889 people were hospitalized, 27% of whom were in intensive care units...
    BOERNE, Tx – Kendall County and The City of Boerne announced that they have updated their emergency health declaration by adding mask requirements for large retailers on Tuesday. According to a press release from The City of Boerne, Mayor Tim Handren and Kendall County Judge Darrel Lux signed an addendum to previous emergency health declarations. The addendum mandates that the county’s largest retailers establish a “Health and Safety Policy,” which will require customers to wear facial coverings where social distancing cannot be maintained. The amended order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on July 3. Handren and Lux said, in a city press release, that they have communicated with management at all the impacted retailers and they have said...
    Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Monday that he refuses to enforce a directive to close beaches for July 4th weekend. In a statement to Fox Los Angeles reporter Bill Melugin, Villanueva revealed that his office was not consulted regarding the decision. His officers will only enforce the closing parking lots, the sheriff said. Villanueva told Melugin: “We were not consulted on the beach closure, and will only assist our beach cities in closing parking lots and traffic enforcement on PCH. In regards to enforcing the beach closure, we will not be enforcing it because we are “Care First, Jail Last.” Earlier Monday, Los Angeles County’s public health department announced the beach closure order, citing the surge in Chinese coronavirus...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most...
    The county health department ordered an Escondido business on the Lake Hodges shoreline to close immediately on Friday, saying its owner refused to follow a permanent public health directive designed to prevent further outbreaks of coronavirus. Signed by Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County public health officer, the document says that the Hernandez Hideaway restaurant at 19320 Lake Drive “will be closed immediately” and will not be able to reopen until the operation demonstrates “that the standards of social distancing and health ”. Wooten’s order indicates that county environmental health inspectors visited the restaurant on May 29, discovering that those present did not maintain an adequate social distance from each other “nor did the employees have their faces covered.” Owner...
    SAN ANTONIO – A new face mask policy designed to curb the spike in COVID-19 cases is now in effect in Bexar County. Monday marked the first day of the policy that mandates businesses to implement a health and safety policy, which requires face coverings for employes and visitors. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff announced the new policy Wednesday as San Antonio entered its second wave of the coronavirus. Daily COVID-19 cases hit new high in Bexar County San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg also issued an addendum to his latest declaration of public health emergency that is in line with Wolff’s order. He is asking businesses to take the “Greater, SAfer, Together” pledge that commits to mitigation efforts. Those efforts...
    A Lake View Terrace man faces a court hearing in September for opening his Irish pub in South Pasadena on St. Patrick’s Day during the lock down to deter the spread of COVID-19. Joseph Patrick Griffin, 56, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday at Alhambra Superior Court on a misdemeanor count of violating the Los Angeles County health officer’s order. But the judge continued the arraignment to Sept. 17, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. During arraignments, defendants can make pleas. Grifffin, who was charged on June 10, faces a possible maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine if convicted, Santiago said. On March 17, Griffins of Kinsale on...
    MONTEREY — The Tuck Box restaurant in Carmel and owner Jeffrey Le Towt agreed to pay up to $35,000 in civil penalties to resolve its violation of local and state COVID-19 emergency health orders. In a press release, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni said the violations included providing dine-in restaurant service when such activity was prohibited by emergency health orders, failing to follow social distancing protocols such as maintaining 6 feet in between tables inside and outside the restaurant, and employees failing to wear face coverings while working. “It remains critical that individuals and businesses continue to follow the state and local COVID-19 emergency health orders,” Pacioni said in the release. “The District Attorney’s Office will continue to respond...
    SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (KGO) -- Whether in the mountains, on the boardwalk, or through downtown, people across the City of Santa Cruz told ABC7 News they're ready for any level of reopening.Resident, Kyle Hofstetter explained he's ready to welcome the usual summer rush, during this most unusual time.RELATED: Only one Bay Area county isn't allowing sit-down restaurants to reopen"This place would be packed right now," Hofstetter said, pointing to surrounding downtown streets. "It would be standing room only on the sidewalks, there'd be a line to get into the movie theater."The reality he described may return soon, as Santa Cruz County's newly revised health order, released on Tuesday, lifts some major restrictions that go into effect on Friday.A major change...
    The chief health officer in Orange County, Calif., resigned this week after receiving pushback — and even death threats — over her mandate that everyone in the county wear face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to new reports. Dr. Nichole Quick faced immediate resistance from residents and elected officials when she issued the face mask mandate in late May, The Los Angeles Times reported. During a county board of supervisors meeting last month, a woman who identified herself as an attorney disparaged Quick’s experience in the medical field and even read her home address out loud. The woman threatened to take a group to Quick’s home and “do calisthenics in masks on her front doorstep” in an attempt to...
    SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Orange County's Chief Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick resigned Monday night amid criticism over her order requiring the public to wear face masks as businesses started to reopen.The plan is to have recently appointed Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau also take on duties as chief health officer.The face-covering order in the county has been at the center of controversy. Sheriff Don Barnes last month addressed the issue with the County Board of Supervisors, saying he would not ask his deputies to enforce the order.County officials later came to the defense of Quick
    Orange County's chief health officer resigned on Monday night after facing backlash over her countywide mask order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. CBS Los Angeles reports Dr. Nichole Quick had been receiving increased security after she began facing threats and protests at her home due to her health guidelines. Dr. Nichole Quick CBS Los Angeles Quick issued an order on May 23 making face coverings a requirement while in public as other business operations, including in-person shopping, in-person dining, hair salons and barbershops were given the green light to reopen. Prior to that, masks were only mandated for employees interacting with the public. "(Face coverings) can help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. There is evidence to support that and...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- A Sonoma County church held its first mass Saturday night after closing due to the coronavirus back in March.The new health order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, several hours' later the church was open.Reopening California: State to allow schools, gyms, bars to begin resuming operations next week"You just feel more spiritual. I had that beautiful feeling to be in the same spot as God, It's wonderful. God is with me all the time, but is nice to share it with the people in our church," said Rohnert Park Resident Linda Mish,For close to three months, David Bishop had been walking four miles from his house to church every day in hopes to see...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- For most of Friday, it seemed that only the Sonoma County sheriff knew for sure whether he would enforce coronavirus health restrictions.On Thursday, he said he would not."A mom and pop floral shop is unable to operate but a Safeway floral shop is, and that is unfair."Friday, small business owners like Berlin Fisher who owns a salon in Guerneville, applauded the decision.LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms will look like"I think he did something courageous. He has courage."ABC7 heard opposite reactions from local police chiefs and city officials."I don't know why he did it. What motivated him," said Supervisor Shirlee Zane. "I just think the timing is really awful and I am really disappointed."ABC7...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick says he won't enforce the county health officer's orders come June 1.At that time he will follow the governor's directives instead.LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms will look likeThe health officer has delayed the reopening of businesses another two weeks due to a recent uptick in cases and a few hospitalizations.The sheriff says the percentage of COVID-19 cases among those tested is still down despite uptick in total cases.ABC7 News spoke with Essick Thursday night.He told us, "What we'll do on June 1st, we will start following the governor's directives."He went on to say, "that's a decision that I've made in consultation with constituents and many other leaders in...
    SONOMA COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick said Thursday he wasn't going to enforce the county health officer's orders come June 1, but Friday afternoon, the sheriff reversed that decision.On Thursday, he said he would follow the governor's directives instead instead of orders from Sonoma County.He has since changed his position. Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick has reversed his decision to not enforce stay-at-home order. Details to follow. #abc7now— Wayne Freedman (@WayneFreedman) May 29, 2020LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms will look likeThe health officer has delayed the reopening of businesses another two weeks due to a recent uptick in cases and a few hospitalizations.The sheriff previously said the percentage of COVID-19 cases among those tested...