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City Continues To Grapple With Virus Impact
The Laundromat is deemed an essential business and it was definitely open on the corner of First Street and Atchison Street in Riverbank where several people doing their laundry last week. Virginia Still/The News

As Riverbank residents work to adhere to the Shelter in Place order that has now been extended through April 30, many businesses remain open to serve. There have been multiple closures but those businesses deemed essential are trying their best locally keeping the doors open.

Around the city, several restaurants have closed but there are those that continue to offer take out, drive thru or, in some cases, delivery. Meanwhile, schools remain closed but in many cases arrangements are being made for virtual learning and school lunches are being provided from designated pick up points.

Stanislaus County also provides a daily update on COVID-19, detailing the number of cases in the county and surrounding areas, as well as listing any updated pertinent information and directives.

To access the most up to date information, visit Local information is available at For daily updates, text STANCOVID19 to 888-777.

As a reminder, the key messages in the Shelter in Place directive include:

• Stay home except for essential needs (Governor’s Stay Home Order);

• Practice social distancing and good hygiene (handwashing, disinfecting surfaces/objects, etc.);

• Stay informed from credible sources;

• Self-care (stress management, mental health resources, etc.).

Several stores in the area have felt the effects of the COVID-19 like Target in the Crossroads Shopping Center that is unable to keep up with the demand for paper products. Although they may receive daily shipments, by the afternoon the paper product shelves are empty once again. Virginia Still/The News