tiers and regions Dec. 8
As of Tuesday, Dec. 8, California only has one of its 58 counties in the orange (moderate tier) and three counties in the red (substantial tier) according to the state’s four-tier coronavirus tracking system.
The state is no longer doing a weekly update and tier assignments may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week, officials have said.
There are now 54 counties in the purple tier after Tuesday’s updates.
On Nov. 24 the state had 41 counties in purple, 11 counties in red, four in orange, two in yellow.
Counties are assigned to a tier based on metrics showing the speed and the spread of the virus in their borders.
The regional stay home orders have taken affect for the Southern California and San Joaquin Valley regions, both of which have crossed the threshold of having less than 15% ICU availability. The orders prohibit private gatherings of any size, limits several business and public sector operations and capacities, and require 100% masking and physical distancing in all others. This map shows the ICU capacity in each region as of Dec. 8.
Tier assignment progression since Sept. 22:
A list of what businesses are impacted by each tier is included below.
Note: The state recently added a new metric called health equity. For a county with a population of greater than 106,000, the county must: Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods – the Healthy Places Index census tracts are used for that – do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate. There are additional conditions listed on the state’s site.
How different are the tiers?
Purple is the most restrictive, especially for education. Schools in the Widespread (purple) tier aren’t permitted to reopen for in-person instruction unless they receive a waiver from local health departments for TK-6 grades. Schools can reopen for in-person instruction once their county has been in the red tier for at least two weeks. If a county regresses back to the purple tier, schools won’t be forced to close again, but any that hadn’t open would be prevented from opening until the county clocks at least two weeks in the red tier.
Source: California Department of Finance