Dine-in option revoked in Kern

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Dine-in  option  revoked  in KernCiting an increase in the number of positive cases for COVID-19, as well as the rate of positivity in testing, Gov. Gavin Newsom held a press conference Wednesday to say that he was modifying the public health orders that restrict gatherings in California.

“The bottom line is, the spread of this virus continues at a rate that is particularly concerning,” Newsom said.

New guidelines require 19 counties (including Kern) on the state’s monitoring list to order establishments to close indoor operations, effective immediately. The order is expected to last at least three weeks.

At press time, a total of 238,955 cases of coronavirus were reported in California. More than 167,000 were active cases, and 6,168 had reportedly resulted in death.

Although California’s rate of infection remains below national averages when tracked by population density, it now has the second-largest number of positives (behind the state of New York), and is the seventh-highest in number of COVID-19-related deaths.

Of the 58 counties in California, Kern has the ninth highest number of cases at 4,939, and the 12th highest number of deaths at 77. However, statistics from all other counties in California have been dwarfed by Los Angeles County, with a reported 105,507 cases and 3,402 deaths.

Newsom said that his new restriction focuses on “sectors of the economy where spread is more likely to occur” — restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, family entertainments, museums, card rooms, and more.

He added a caveat that specified this was not an order to close restaurants and other establishments, but rather to move operations outdoors “as a way of mitigating the spread of the virus.”

Story First Published: 2020-07-03