With its low numbers of active COVID-19 cases, Trinity County has moved into the red tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. According to Trinity Health and Human Services, The California Department of Public Health conducts weekly assessment of county case and test positivity trends.
“…if our adjusted case rate and/or test positivity has fallen within a less restrictive tier for two consecutive weekly periods, Trinity County can revert to the less restrictive tier,” a THHS release said late Tuesday, Jan. 12.
The change in tier means changes to some businesses, namely restaurants, bars and wineries.
Restaurants may open to indoor dining with modifications and capacity must be limited to 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is less.
Wineries and tasting rooms may open outdoor only with modifications.
Bars, breweries and distilleries remain closed.
Retail businesses are to reduce capacity by 50 percent.
Places of worship must limit indoor activities to 25 percent, or 100 people, whichever is less.
Hotels, resorts and lodging are open with modifications.
Gyms and fitness centers must reduce capacity to 10 percent and pools, saunas and hot tubs are to remain closed.
The limited stay at home order does not apply once a region is out of the purple tier.
All sectors should refer to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy page on the COVID-19 state website for the guidance under the Red Tier at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.
► California has 2,973,174 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.
► There were 30,699 newly recorded confirmed cases Sunday.
► The 7-day positivity rate is 10.6% and the 14-day positivity rate is 12.2%.
► There have been 38,655,756 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 427,141 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.
► As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 33,593 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
► As of Jan. 17, providers have reported administering a total of 1,393,224 vaccine doses statewide. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed. As of Jan. 17, a total of 3,226,775 vaccine doses, which includes the first and second dose, have been shipped to local health departments and health care systems that have facilities in multiple counties.
On Monday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19, including data on intensive care unit (ICU) capacity across the state.
Projected ICU capacity remains below 15% in the Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and Southern California regions which remain under the Regional Stay at Home Order. The order will be lifted for a region once its four-week ICU projection shows a capacity of greater than or equal to 15%. Re-entry framework for a region that has recently exited the Regional Stay at Home Order is being finalized.
Current Status of Regional Stay at Home Order in Affected Regions
► San Joaquin Valley: Remains under order; four-week ICU capacity projections do not meet criteria to exit order.
► Southern California: Remains under order; four-week ICU capacity projections do not meet criteria to exit order.
► Bay Area: Remains under order; four-week ICU capacity projections do not meet criteria to exit order.
The ICU capacity projections are based on four factors: current estimated regional ICU capacity available, measure of current community transmission, current regional case rates and the proportion of ICU cases being admitted. Decreasing community transmission and increasing the health system capacity can help a region’s projected ICU capacity so they can exit the order.
Counties within the Greater Sacramento and Northern California regions are under the tiering system and rules of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Read the full Regional Stay Home Order, Supplement to the Order, and frequently asked questions.
Due to high rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations impacting the health care system, California is also under a Limited Stay at Home Order. The order applies to all counties that are currently under the Regional Stay at Home Order and those in Tier One (Purple) of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Limited Stay at Home Order will expire after the Regional Stay At Home Order has been terminated in all regions of the state.
Hospital Surge Order
CDPH updated the Hospital Surge Public Health Order to clarify when hospitals must make notifications to state and local authorities on Jan. 15. The update included technical updates and updates on when specific terms of the order take effect. The updated order continues to require some non-essential and non-life-threatening surgeries to be delayed in counties with 10 percent or less of ICU capacity under the Regional Stay at Home Order where the regional ICU capacity is at 0%. Examples of procedures that may be delayed include carpal tunnel release and non-urgent spine surgeries. Surgeries for patients who have serious and urgent medical conditions will continue. Examples of procedures that will continue include serious cancer removal and necessary heart surgeries.
The order requires hospitals statewide to accept patient transfers from facilities that have implemented contingency or crisis care guidelines as long as those transfers can be done capably and safely. On Dec. 28, CDPH provided guidance to health care facilities on implementing the Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines issued in June 2020.
Counties Currently Impacted by the Hospital Surge Order:
► San Joaquin Valley: Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Benito, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare.
► Southern California: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura
Vaccinate All 58
In order to increase the pace of COVID-19 vaccine distribution to those at greatest risk, the state is prioritizing individuals 65 and older to receive the vaccine as demand subsides among health care workers. This effort will help to reduce hospitalizations and safe lives. For more information on the vaccine effort, visit the Vaccinate All 58 webpage.
CDPH has issued an updated travel advisory. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries are strongly discouraged from entering California and should adhere to the state’s self-quarantine procedures for 10 days.
Your Actions Save Lives
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
► If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches), call your health care provider.
► If you believe you have been exposed, get tested. Free, confidential testing is available statewide.
► Stay home except for essential activities and follow state and local public health guidance.
► Keep interactions to people who live in your household.
► Wear a cloth face mask when in public.
► Avoid non-essential travel and stay close to home; self-quarantine for 10 days after arrival if you leave the state.
► Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
► Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home from work, school and other people if you feel ill.
► Add your phone to the fight by signing up for COVID-19 exposure notifications from CA Notify.
► Answer the call or text if a contact tracer from the CA COVID Team or your local health department tries to connect.