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Some Businesses Reopen Indoors, Others Get Special Designations – COVID-19 Update For Oct. 16

County reopening statuses in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy as of Oct. 13, 2020.


As local COVID-19 case numbers continue to improve, five counties in the San Joaquin Valley have now advanced beyond the purple “widespread” designation of the state’s reopening plan known as theBlueprint for a Safer Economy. Fresno, Kern, Kings and Merced are now designated red for “substantial” virus spread, which means thatmany businesses are now permitted to open indoors with some restrictions, while Mariposa is two tiers ahead, in yellow for “minimal” spread.

What does this mean for businesses, and who’s in the small subset of Kern County businesses that have been granted special status to reopen with few restrictions? In this COVID-19 update, we speak with Alejandra Granados, manager of Fiesta Mexicana restaurant in Merced, Joe Salazar, general manager and head chef of Zaytoona restaurant in Hanford, and Terry Delamater, owner of Sculpt 365 health clubs in Oildale and Tehachapi.


Here’s a snapshot for Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, and Tulare Counties (note that some numbers may have changed between the interview and publication): 


As of Oct. 15: 

For comparison, as of Oct. 8: 

  • 1,366 deaths out of 100,419 cases
  • 281 people hospitalized and 45 in ICUs
  • In the last week, 36 people succumbed to the disease
  • Average cases reported daily in the last week: 288

You can always find up-to-date information for your county here.

Kerry Klein is an award-winning reporter whose coverage of public health, air pollution, drinking water access and wildfires in the San Joaquin Valley has been featured on NPR, KQED, Science Friday and Kaiser Health News. Her work has earned numerous regional Edward R. Murrow and Golden Mike Awards and has been recognized by the Association of Health Care Journalists and Society of Environmental Journalists. Her podcast Escape From Mammoth Pool was named a podcast “listeners couldn’t get enough of in 2021” by the radio aggregator NPR One.
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