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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
BREAKING: County of Santa Clara Moves to the Red Tier (Tier 2) on State’s New COVID-19 Framework. Additional Businesses, Activities Will Be Allowed to Resume Under State and County Regulations: https://t.co/s929iis6Xs
— Santa Clara County (@SCCgov) September 8, 2020
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.”
Santa Cruz County has moved to the Covid-19 Red Tier, lessening some economic restrictions. Beginning today, certain personal care services will be able to open indoors with modifications to protect the health and safety of staff and the public. Details: https://t.co/3GvsNpTxay pic.twitter.com/pG8bmeIZpr
— Santa Cruz County (@sccounty) September 8, 2020
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.
NEW: California is launching a Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Your county will be assigned a color based on:
– Case rate
– Positivity rate
Your color determines how businesses can operate in your county.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 28, 2020
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.