Tuesday, the Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution telling Gov. Gavin Newsom it was time to reopen.
In a formal resolution, the supervisors wrote that as of April 30, 2020, Placer County reported 145 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with only 8 deaths. Hospitalizations are decreasing in the County and 85% of the cases are located in the more developed South Placer portion of the County.
This led the Board of Supervisors to decide that the current State of Emergency is no longer in order. They formally requested that the Governor immediately adhere to state law and proclaim the termination of the State of Emergency.
KCRA News reported:
“It is not up to the governor at this point to say what the rules are. We are not in a state of emergency. Get out of our way,” said supervisor Kirk Uhler.
Uhler said Newsom is overstepping his authority by continuing to hold counties to the statewide order as businesses suffer.
“In Placer County we’ve lost two people for every 100,000 residents. We’ve lost 7,000 jobs for every 100,00 residents. This can not go on,” Uhler said.
The Board’s memorandum explained their decision:
On April 27, 2020 Supervisor Weygandt had a conversation with Dr. Julie Parsonnet, a Stanford University professor who specializes in adult infectious diseases, and who is currently conducting COVID-19 seroprevalence studies. Dr. Parsonnet referred to a recent Miami-Dade County study on infection rates, and the outcomes of that study concluded that researchers were “95% certain that the true proportion of people who have been infected lies between 4.4% and 7.9% of the population” which is 16.5 times the number of those captured through testing sites and local hospitals alone in Miami-Dade.
“I’m making the point to the governor: You are overstepping your authority. You’re acting outside of the bounds of state law clearly defined. And I also call on the Attorney General Xavier Becerra and enforce state law,” he said.
Uhler is referring to the state code that reads: “The governor shall proclaim the termination of a state of emergency at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant.”
Since Placer County is not a hot spot for the coronavirus like Los Angeles County, Uhler said it should be allowed to reopen.