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Sonoma County to bolster COVID strategies; looks to successes of other Bay Area counties

Concerned about the lack of progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Sonoma County, local officials are considering a multi-pronged strategy to slow transmission rates, including trying to replicate some of the successes of other Bay Area counties.

The initiative surfaced Monday as Sonoma County leaders braced for the release of another disappointing set of statistics Tuesday expected to show the county has again fallen short of state metrics to further ease restrictions on local business activity.

The county is expected to remain in the purple zone, the most restrictive of the state’s four-tier reopening process. Saddled by a growing number of new coronavirus cases, the county continues to be the only county in the Bay Area that has not advanced to a less restrictive stage.

Details of the county’s new plan are still taking shape. Dr. Sundari Mase, the county’s health officer, said the new strategies range from

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All Arizona counties now meet benchmarks for reopening certain businesses

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All Arizona counties as of Thursday met the benchmarks for reopening businesses, including indoor gyms and fitness centers, bars serving food and movie theaters, that were shut down because of COVID-19.

The Arizona Department of Health Services, which gave the announcement Thursday morning, said the milestone was a reflection of the “continuing decline of COVID-19’s community spread across Arizona.”

As of Thursday, identified coronavirus cases in Arizona were at 219,212 and known deaths were at 5,674.

The number of patients hospitalized statewide for known or suspected COVID-19 was at 620 on Wednesday, continuing an uptick from 560 inpatients on Tuesday, 540 on Monday and 468 on Sunday. Inpatient numbers look to be possibly plateauing and now increasing slightly, but more time is needed to point to a trend. 

During the peak of Arizona’s surge in July, the number of hospitalized patients suspected or confirmed to have the virus exceeded

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Tennessee gov to lift virus business limits on most counties

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Businesses in 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties will no longer have to adhere to social distancing guidelines, Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday, even though cases of COVID-19 in the state have been persistently high.

The Republican governor said he would lift all virus-related limits on businesses and social gatherings for most of the state. The action, which takes effect Thursday, notably does not apply to Tennessee’s six populous counties with locally run health departments: Sullivan, Knox, Hamilton, Davidson, Madison and Shelby counties. They can continue implementing their own restrictions.

According to data kept by The Associated Press, there were about 287 new cases per 100,000 people in Tennessee over the past two weeks, which ranks 13th in the country for new cases per capita. The state has seen at least 2,389 virus-released deaths.

Lee on Tuesday also announced he would again extend the state’s emergency

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Tri Counties Bank Announces Contributions to Programs Supporting Minority-Owned Businesses


Tri Counties Bank announced today it will provide $100,000 in total contributions to four community organizations that support minority-owned businesses throughout the Bank’s footprint in Northern and Central California. Further, the bank is appealing to its customers and communities to raise still more funds for these programs.


The Bank will contribute $25,000 each to four organizations that offer programs that assist minority-owned businesses, including microlending programs to create or grow businesses, technical assistance, and training opportunities. Tri Counties Bank will also be encouraging its customers to support these organizations:


  • 3CORE – an Economic Development District based in Chico serving Butte, Glenn and Tehama Counties

  • Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce

  • Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation

  • National Asian American Coalition – based in Daly City especially serving the San Francisco Bay Area


This initiative continues the Bank’s long history of investing in

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Central Florida counties react to governor’s ban on local restrictions, phase 3

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis enacted a measure Friday that will prohibit local county and municipal governments from implementing their own capacity restrictions in response to the coronavirus.

The governor said he would sign an executive order lifting capacity limits at restaurants and is also enacting a measure that will prohibit local governments from capping capacity at anything less than 50%. Statewide, there will be no capacity restrictions. This falls under phase three of the governor’s reopening plan.

Some counties have implemented restrictions beyond the governor’s orders. For example, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings issued a county-wide mask mandate requiring residents and visitors to wear masks while in public places. Osceola and Seminole have similar orders in place.

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For the most part, county leaders

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How some counties plan to keep early vote counts secret

Good Friday morning!

It’s been 19 years since the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil, which took the lives of 704 New Jerseyans.

I’ll just let this reminder stand alone at the top of today’s Playbook.

WHERE’S MURPHY?: In Manhattan for the 9/11 commemoration ceremony at 8:30 a.m., then in Trenton for a coronavirus press conference at 2 p.m., then Watchung for a 9/11 memorial service at 5:30 p.m.

CORONAVIRUS TRACKER: 507 newly-diagnosed cases for a total of 195,414. Five more deaths for a total of 14,225 (not counting 1,789 probable deaths)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Most often, person to person spread is thought to happen among people in close contact, meaning within 6 feet of each other, occurring mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneeze.” — State Epidemiologist Dr. Christina Tan on March 7 — a month after President Trump told Bob Woodward

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