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A sparsely populated county in the northeastern corner of California has not found a coronavirus in its population.
Modoc is the only county in the state that does not seem to have COVID-19.
There are few cases in other counties, but Modoc, with only about 9,000 residents, is the only county without the disease. There are two cases in Trinity County and one in Sierra Leone.
In the past two weeks, 172 tests have been conducted in Modoc County, but all tests were negative. The hospital here is empty.
Photo: Associated Press reporter Scott Sonner
Without the coronavirus, the counties on the Oregon border have been reluctant to comply with the state in-situ asylum order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom in mid-March.
Modoc was the first county to reopen its economy, ignoring Newsom’s in-situ asylum order. On May 1, all businesses, churches, and schools were allowed to open, but they must be modified to require that the distance between people not exceed six feet. Residents aged 65 and over and residents with basic health conditions were told to stay at home.
More importantly, after Newsom issued the statewide mask order in June, Modoc County Sheriff William “Tex” Dowdy became the first batch in the state Indicates one of the people who did not execute the order.
“I fully support the fact that if someone wants to wear a mask, please do so.” Dody told the Los Angeles Times. “If you think it has some protection for you or your family. I think this is a personal choice.”
At the news conference, Newsom threatened to withhold funds from counties that did not comply with state orders. Newsom said at a press conference in early July: “If you don’t plan to stay at home and don’t want to wear a mask in public, we have to execute, we will do it.”
Nonetheless, there is no indication that Modoc County has been punished.
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