Newsom Announces Santa Clara, Santa Cruz Move From Purple to Red Tier

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Governor Gavin Newsom, along with help from the Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, provided an update on the state’s blueprint for a safer economy Tuesday afternoon. The plan is statewide, simple, slow, and stringent.

Newsom announced movement within the new four-tier plan to reopen the economy. Amador, Orange, Placer, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz counties have moved from the purple tier to the less restrictive red tier.

August 28, 2020:                     September 8, 2020:
Purple: 38 counties                  Purple: 33 counties
Red: 9 counties                         Red: 14 counties
Orange: 9 counties                   Orange: 9 counties
Yellow: 2 counties                    Yellow: 2 counties

Santa Clara County Health explained, “The following businesses and activities are now allowed to resume under the State’s framework as well as the County’s Risk Reduction Order. Businesses and activities must be in compliance with all industry-specific mandatory directives set forth by the County and State, including having a Social Distancing Protocol on file and displayed.”

  • Schools: K-12 schools can open after the County has been in the Red Tier for 14 days. All schools must follow mandatory guidance set by the County of Santa Clara and the State of California
  • Personal care services: allowed to open indoors with modifications
  • Museums, zoos, aquariums: allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity
  • Gyms and fitness centers: allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity
  • Shopping malls: allowed to open indoors at 50% capacity (previously open at 25% capacity)

The county will not allow indoor dining, movie theater, or indoor religious services which are permitted in red-tier counties.

Santa Clara County is conducting between 7-8,000 daily coronavirus tests, reported Mercury News.

Santa Cruz County announced, “Although moving to the Red Tier is a step in the right direction, the community should be aware that another surge in COVID-19 cases is anticipated.”

Dr. Mark Ghaly and Governor Gavin Newsom will provide another update on the four tiers next Tuesday. As counties in the red, orange, and yellow tiers need to spend 3 weeks in each tier Dr. Ghaly suspects movement during next weeks update.

2,676 new coronavirus cases were reported on September 7th, with a 7 day average of 4,302 new cases daily. Over a 7 day period, California records 113,893 daily coronavirus tests. The positivity rate over is 3.8% over 7 day period and 4.3% over a 14 day period. Over a 14 day period, hospitalizations have decreased 24% and ICU admissions decreased 21% decrease. Coronavirus patients represent 13% of all ICU patients in the state’s system.

“If those appear to be more promising numbers, its because they are,” said Newsom. However, he remains cautious as numbers from Labor Day weekend will still be reported.

As always, Newsom asks everyone to wear a mask, physically distance, wash your hands, minimize mixing.

Watch Governor Newsom’s full press conference here.


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