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COVID-19 Update: Modified County Fair Gets Approval and Community Testing Continues This Week

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Lassen County’s Public Health Office announced Friday that some events at this year’s Lassen County Fair have been approved with limitations due to COVID-19 precautions.

Currently the county has 7 active cases of COVID-19 and 2 cases where patients have recovered. A total of 1,686 tests have been administered with 1,573 negative results and 104 still pending.

The Board of Supervisors met with County leadership last Tuesday and decided to move forward with hosting the Lassen County Fair for 2020. However, there are limitations in effect with regard to events and there will be heightened consideration given to safety and social distancing.

Sheriff Dean Growdon and Director of Health and Social Services Barbara Longo are using the state guidance and reaching out to places like Disneyland and Legoland to ensure they are doing everything they can to keep fairgoers safe.

The company that normally provides the carnival rides has decided not to come to Lassen County this year. As for the rest of the events, the board and the fair staff have decide to move forward with all activities that they can modify to be held in a safe manner.

The staff members for the fair are working tirelessly to complete their plan for this year. They will release the schedule once it is completed.

To date, according to the Health Department, nine Lassen County residents have tested positive for COVID-19.

“As the number of cases in Lassen County has risen in the last few weeks,” Incident Commanders explained in their Friday update, “we’ve been asked several times about our reporting process and why some of the information shared in larger counties, such as demographics of Covid-19 positive cases, number of hospitalizations, and number of recovered cases, are not being shared in our county.”

“The Incident Command team will be revising how testing and case numbers are being reported in the coming weeks as we begin to see people recover from the virus and are confident we have an accurate picture to report. As to demographics of those who have tested positive, it is our belief that in such a small community the release of information such as gender, ethnicity, and age of infected individuals would directly violate those individuals’ rights to privacy. In larger communities it’s harder to narrow down an individual’s identity based on such vague information, but in our small communities it could be done. For that reason, the information will remain confidential for the protection of the individuals who are doing their due diligence by isolating at home.”

Testing at the Public Health Department: The Public Health Department is offering drive-through testing for COVID-19 at the Public Health Department from 1:00 to 4:00p.m. each day this week at 1445 Paul Bunyan in Susanville.

If you would like to be tested, please register online at Lassencares.org. If you have any issues or require assistance, please call the COVID-19 Call Center at (530) 251-8100.

The Public Health staff have worked hard to fix the issues with registration. If you are having a hard time registering, come down to the drive thru during the times (listed below) and a staff member will help register you in person.

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