Sonoma County follows state and lifts monthlong pandemic lockdown

26 January 2021

Although the coronavirus continues infecting Sonoma County residents at an alarming rate and more people in the community have died in January than any month in the pandemic, the county’s top public health official Monday loosened severe restrictions on businesses and public life.

In opting to lift the latest stay-home order in place since Dec. 12, Dr. Sundari Mase followed the lead of state health officials and Gov. Gavin Newsom. Earlier in the day, the governor lifted regional stay-home orders statewide, a move met with surprise and even dismay by some local health officers and medical professionals who questioned the action while the virus rages.

Though Mase’s announcement represented incremental modifications, they will give the local economy a much-needed lift after the level of joblessness spiked in December, reversing steady monthly improvements since last April.
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