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County reports seventh COVID death 

Colusa County Public Health officials reported Monday that a seventh person has died from COVID-19, the disease associated with the SARS-COV-2 virus. 

The jump in coronavirus cases across California, as a whole, has prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to announce a framework for a new stay-at-home order that is tied to Intensive Care Unit capacity.

“Just over the past three days, we’ve averaged about 25,000 new cases a day,” Newsom said in a press conference on Monday.

As of Tuesday, Colusa County had 155 active cases of COVID-19 in isolation and 215 people in quarantine, with 885 positive cases to date. 

The Colusa County Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that it will monitor the Sacramento Region ICU percentage closely, and communicate any triggers to the new order when and if it occurs. 

Colusa County’s stay-at-home order would trigger only when the Sacramento Region drops below 15 percent ICU capacity. 

The Sacramento Region was at 20.3 percent capacity on Monday. 

“But pursuant to the state orders, they are getting closer to that 15 percent capacity,” Newsom said. 

If the Sacramento Region drops below 15 percent ICU capacity, Colusa County residents and businesses will have 24 hours to comply.

“The order would be in effect for three weeks after the trigger, and instructs Californians to stay at home as much as possible to limit mixing with other households in an effort to limit the transmission and spread of COVID-19,” Colusa County Public Health officials said in a press release. 

If the new order is triggered, hair salons and barbershops, bars, and family entertainment centers, among some other sectors, must close. 

Some operations would be allowed to continue with moderations, including retail at 20 percent capacity with 100 percent masking and physical distancing, officials said. 

Restaurants would be allowed to operate with pick up and delivery only. 

The order, however, would allow access to and travel for all critical and essential services, and allows for outdoor activities to preserve the physical and mental health of Colusa County residents. 

Colusa County officials are asking that citizens remain diligent in ensuring compliance to the face covering guidance, continue maintaining 6-ft physical distancing, continue hand washing and proper hygiene, and remain home if sick, or exposed to coronavirus. 

Newsom said that while December and January could be challenging, the state is better prepared to deal with the crisis than it was at the beginning of the pandemic. 

“Hope is on the horizon,” he said. “California continues to accelerate our planning to prepare for a quick, safe, and equitable vaccine distribution – emphasize safe and equitable vaccine distribution.” 

Newsom anticipates the first round of vaccine to be delivered by Dec. 15, with first doses going to facilities to vaccinate high risk healthcare workers.

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