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California county defies governor's virus shutdown order

California county defies governor's virus shutdown order
Posted at 12:45 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 16:37:57-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A rural California county is defying Gov. Gavin Newsom's coronavirus shutdown order and has become the state's first county to let nonessential businesses reopen.

Diners are being allowed in restrauants in Modoc County in the state's northwestern corner near Oregon.

Officials say the county still has no COVID-19 cases.

It has about 9,000 residents and its officials say they have not heard back from the governor about their reopening plan.

They assert that the plan aligns with Newsom's indicators for reopening.