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Sacramento region’s air quality expected to improve as coronavirus order cuts traffic

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One bright spot amid the coronavirus pandemic: The Sacramento region has been experiencing relatively clean air this spring.

While it’s still too early to tell, local air quality experts say they expect reduced pollution levels in the coming weeks as thousands of cars and trucks are kept off the road following California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order last week for all residents to stay at home except for essential chores or jobs.

For the last three weeks, the region’s air for particulate matter (PM2.5) on the Air Quality Index has been rated “good” except for two days, which were “moderate.” It’s an improvement from the air quality in January and February, according to data from Sacramento Region Spare The Air.

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