We'll be dealing with the aftermath of this for months

Tish Gallegos In the Media

It may not look and feel like usual, but Contra Costa County government is still at work — in some ways, harder than ever.

And even if the current shelter-in-place orders are lifted in three or four weeks, there will be a long period not only playing catch-up on deferred routine tasks, but of helping residents recover from life-upending changes wrought by the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“We’ll be dealing with the aftermath of this for months,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia of Richmond.

In the meantime, the top immediate priorities of county government are to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, and to communicate the need for residents to abide by the order to shelter in place and follow other related directives.

Part of that, Supervisor Candace Andersen of Danville said, is guarding against gatherings of large groups of people, or situations in which people are blatantly violating “social distancing” guidelines or other social directives

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