Latest North State Coronavirus Updates: Gov. Newsom Issues Executive Order

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Last updated on 3/12 at 5 p.m.  


Though only a single confirmed case remains active in the North State, local institutions and officials are ramping up efforts to disrupt transmission.


Shasta County health officials say there’s no update on the region’s single patient, a man in his 50s, who remains in isolation at home.


Nevertheless, as news spread today of postponements, cancellations and closures from professional sports leagues and theme parks, local disruptions began being announced.

City Councilors in Chico met this afternoon to discuss potentially barring the public from attending their next meeting scheduled for Tuesday or postponing it entirely.


Shasta College announced it was canceling or postponing tours, visits and events including an appearance of NPR reporter Mara Liasson scheduled for Monday. 


Chico State Tuesday added three days to its spring break and advised faculty to prepare online classes. This afternoon it was announced that all intercollegiate, recreational and intramural sports were suspended for the rest of the academic year, along with sports clubs. 


The university also announced today that campus cultural events that attract more than 100 people have been cancelled through April 12. This includes University Box Office events like the Chico Bach Festival and the Banff Mountain Film Festival.


School districts were told to consider closing individual schools if a student or employee contracts the ailment, and additional schools if two or more people fall ill. 


Meanwhile, at the state level, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order aimed at the outbreak. 


The order eases requirements for unemployment and disability, delays state income tax filing dates for some people and businesses, bars non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people, allows government bodies to meet by teleconference and enables authorities to commandeer property for temporary residences or medical facilities.


Statewide, officials have confirmed 198 cases, an increase of 41 from yesterday. A total of 79 people infected are age 65 or above.


The totals exclude passengers from the Grand Princess cruise ship.