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Santa Clara Health Chief Warns CA May Be Reopening Too Fast

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San Francisco Under Quarantine


Santa Clara’s top health official told the county board of supervisors, Tuesday, that statewide changes to shelter-in-place create a significant risk of coronavirus spread.

Public Health Officer Sara Cody expressed particular concern about lifting multiple restrictions without allowing time to see the effects of each change. She said that could take at least two weeks.

“The state modifications are being made without a real understanding of the consequences of what the last move has been,” Cody said. “The pace at which the state has made these modifications is concerning to me.”

The California Department of Public Health said Monday that religious gatherings of up to 100 people can resume across the state. Then, Tuesday, hair salons were allowed to reopen in most counties.

Cody pointed out that other states have maintained stricter limits on religious services — like New York, which is limiting such gatherings to 10 people.