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California’s Only County with No COVID-19 Cases Continues to Defy Gov. Newsom’s Shutdown, Mask Orders

By Craig Bannister | July 13, 2020 | 5:14pm EDT
Sheriff William "Tex" Dowdy

Moduc, the only California county without a single detected case of coronavirus, has been defying Gov. Gavin Newsom’s shelter-in-place and mask mandates.

Over the past two weeks, not one of the 172 coronavirus tests performed on Moduc residents proved positive for COVID-19 – even though the county has refused to comply with Gov. Newsom’s orders requiring businesses, churches and schools to close and Californians to don masks, The San Francisco Gate reports:

“Modoc was the first county to reopen its economy, defying Newsom's shelter-in-place order. On May 1, all businesses, churches and schools were allowed to open with modifications and a requirement that people keep six feet apart. Residents age 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions were told to stay home.

“What's more, after Newsom issued the statewide mask order in June, Modoc County Sheriff William “Tex” Dowdy was among the first in the state to say he wouldn't enforce it.”

“We’ve come up with a strategic plan to allow for those non-essential businesses to go ahead and open up,” Sheriff Dowdy told CBS Sacramento on the eve of the May 1 reopening.

Rural Modoc County is located in a northeastern region of California bordering Oregon.

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