Dec. 4: Plumas announces 14 new coronavirus cases

The Plumas County Public Health Agency announced this evening, Dec. 4, that there are 14 additional coronavirus cases. Following is a breakdown of today’s announced cases:

Six residents from the Eastern Region (Graeagle/Portola)

Five residents from the Southern Region (Quincy/American Valley)

Two residents from the Northern Region (Greenville/Indian Valley)

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One resident from the Western Region (Chester/Lake Almanor)

Nine cases are related to a previously identified cases; two appear related to travel; and contact tracing is underway for the remainder. If an exposed resident is identified during the investigation, the resident will be contacted by a member of the Public Health COVID-19 Response Team for further screening.

There are now 268 total cases with 61 active, and the remainder are considered recovered. A case is considered recovered based on time following a positive test (10 days) and the severity of the symptoms as monitored by Public Health.

Plumas County remains in the purple, most restrictive tier. It is also part of the Greater Sacramento Region — one of five regions in the state — when it comes to determining new stay-at-home orders. According to information shared by Gov. Gavin Newsom in a press conference today, four of the five regions, including the region that contains Plumas, are expected to be under the new orders within the next couple of days. The decision will be made on ICU capacity. If a region has less than 15 percent of ICU beds available, the notice will go into effect.

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This means that bars, wineries, hair salons, barbershops and personal service providers will close. Additionally, a travel ban will go into effect with all nonessential travel prohibited and individuals told not to gather with those who are not in their immediate household.