Sacramento’s Coronavirus Update: Wednesday, May 20

Did you miss anything? Here’s a roundup of coronavirus-related news in our region.
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It’s day 62 of Sacramento County’s stay-at-home order.

The numbers, as of 9 a.m.*:

Sacramento County cases: 1,255
Sacramento County deaths: 56

Yolo County cases: 185
Yolo County deaths: 22

Placer County cases: 176
Placer County deaths: 8

El Dorado County cases: 67
El Dorado County deaths: 0

Amador County cases: 10
Amador County deaths: 0

Yuba-Sutter Area cases: 68
Yuba-Sutter Area deaths: 3

Nevada County cases: 41
Nevada County deaths: 1

Sacramento County has been given the go-ahead by the state—but not the county, yet—to reopen restaurants for dine-in and stores for in-store shopping. County health chief Peter Beilenson needs to authorize the changes, and may do so on Friday afternoon, when he publishes a new health order.

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon urged Yolo County to slow its reopening, citing a lack of testing facilities in West Sacramento, even though the city accounts for 55% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the county.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg indicated that the city will likely not institute a mask requirement as Sacramento reopens, however the county will probably come forward with a number of safety protocols, including masks. (Video)

Now that people are starting to go out more, adherence to public health protocols, especially in areas where masks are not mandatory, and basic pandemic etiquette are coming into play.

Some California state parks have increased vehicular access, while keeping restrictions and guidelines in place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Your child’s trip to the orthodontist may involve having their temperature taken, answering health screening questions, wearing a mask, physical distancing and having their parent wait in the car. (Video)