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Lake County, CA (May 6, 2020) – On Sunday, March 22, the fourth day of Lake County’s Shelter-in-Place Order, I had to make the very difficult decision to close Clear Lake.
At the time, COVID-19 activity was blossoming in the Bay Area and neighboring Sonoma County, and representatives of Lake County’s hospitals and other key medical partners were indicating they needed time to make preparations to deal with a potential local surge. Relatively little was known about the virus at that time, and we had very little capacity to test, due to global supply chain restrictions. With 23% of our population over the age of 65, and many more known to be otherwise vulnerable to severe viral complications, I felt we had to take every precaution we could.

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