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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Some Bay Area Counties Advance to Orange Tier, San Diego and Los Angeles Counties Remain in Red

  • 2021-03-25T15:00:00.000+0000
  • Author: Melanie Cohn

On March 12th, California reached 2 million vaccination doses in its vaccine equity metric. As a result, new county color-coded tier assignment guidance went into effect on March 14th. The purple (most restrictive) tier shifted from greater than 7 cases per 100,000 to greater than 10. The red (second) tier was widened to 4-10 cases per 100,000. Orange and yellow tiers remain the same.

Following the tier adjustments at the state level, Marin, San Francisco, and Santa Clara Counties have all moved into the orange reopening tier, also known as "moderate.” Changes went into effect at 12:01 am on Wednesday. These counties will be joining San Mateo County, which made the move to orange earlier this month.

In the orange tier, offices can reopen for in-person work schedules of up to 25% capacity while also maintaining 25% capacity in conference and meeting rooms.

It's important to note that although most of the counties align with the state's recommended guidelines for reopening, counties may choose to modify as warranted to prevent future spread of the virus.

Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties all remain in the red tier.

Moving south, Los Angeles County and Orange County moved from the purple to red tier on March 15th following the state adjusted guidance. Ventura County and San Diego County made the move on Marth 16th.

The state plans to continue shifting the tier threshold to higher case rates per 100,000 population per day based on meeting vaccination thresholds within vaccine equity communities.

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