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Gyms, bars, recreation centers to reopen Friday
Stanislaus County COVID-19 cases on the rise
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Gyms and fitness studios across Stanislaus County will be allowed to reopen as of Friday (KRISTINA HACKER/The Journal).

Stanislaus County officials have given the greenlight for 12 more sectors to reopen on Friday, even as the number of coronavirus cases shows no signs of waning.

Stanislaus County Public Health officials reviewed the guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the local data and determined that these sectors were fit to re-open and serve the community, but warned that people should still be taking precautions to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

“While we continue to re-open more businesses and activities, the risk of contracting the virus is still high, so it is important for business owners to follow all the guidance recommendations to keep transmission in the businesses and in our community low,” said Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. “We need to be even more attentive to social distancing, washing our hands and wearing face coverings while out in public to protect ourselves and those around us.”

Statewide, the CDPH is allowing schools, day camps, casinos operated by sovereign tribal nations, music, film and television production, and professional sports without live audiences to re-open.

Counties with variances, which include Stanislaus County, can allow the re-opening of: campgrounds, RV parks and outdoor recreation; hotels for tourism; cardrooms, satellite wagering sites and racetracks; family entertainment centers; restaurants, bars, and wineries; fitness facilities; and museums, galleries, zoos and aquariums.

The data Stanislaus County officials looked at included the positive case rate per 100,000 population, the test positive rate, and the preparedness level of the area's healthcare system.

Stanislaus County has had 305 positive cases in the last 14 days, for a rate of 54.2 cases per 100,000 residents. As of Tuesday afternoon, Stanislaus County had a total of 991 COVID-19 cases.

In the last 14 days, Stanislaus County has had five deaths for a rate of 0.9 per 100,000 residents. The county has seen a total of 33 deaths, as of Monday.

The positivity test rate in Stanislaus County is at 5.1 percent.

Contact transmission represents 68.52 percent of the cases and community transmission is responsible for 29.35 percent of the infections. Travel accounts for the final 2.13 percent.

The complete guidelines for re-opening can be found at