Contra Costa, Santa Cruz Move Back to More Restrictive Tier

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Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly and State Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, announced Tuesday 11 counties in California are moving back to a more restrictive tier as part of California’s blueprint for a safer economy. In the Bay Area, Contra Costa and Santa Cruz Counties are moving from the orange “moderate” tier to the red “substantial” tier.

During Ghaly’s press conference he reported the state’s 14-day positivity rate had risen to 3.7% when it was down to 2.9% on October 26th. The 7-day positivity rate is at 4.2%, a number California has not seen since early September. In the last two weeks, COVID-19 hospitalizations have risen to 31.6% with 3,083 currently hospitalized and ICU rates rising to 29.6% with 859 cases in the ICU. Monday, Newsom reported on average California tests 143,711 people daily.

Counties moving from yellow “minimal” back to orange “moderate” tier: Modoc, Siskiyou and Trinity Counties.

Counties moving from orange “moderate” back to red “substantial” tier: Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer and Santa Cruz Counties.

Counties moving back to red “substantial” back to purple “widespread” tier: Sacramento, San Diego and Stanislaus Counties.

“This is exactly why we designed the tier status,” said Newsom Monday, when he warned changes were coming. “The way we did it was about being more and less restrictive, not based upon political whim, but based upon the data, based upon the epidemiology, based upon the facts on the ground.”

With Thanksgiving around the corner, state and local health officials fear an even larger spike in new cases.

“People are letting their guard down,” Newsom expressed Monday. “We’ve got to be careful. You’ve got to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Dr. Erica Pan reminded everyone simple acts can make a big difference for COVID-19 and the flu. She asked Californians to wear a mask, maintain six feet of distance, wash your hands, minimize mixing and get your flu shot.

Watch Dr. Ghaly’s press conference here.

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