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Tuolumne County Moves From Red to Orange Tier

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Sonora, CA – Tuolumne County dropped from the red “substantial” tier to orange “moderate” on the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy allowing for fewer COVID-19 business restrictions.

In all, thirteen counties were able to move to a less restrictive tier. Tuolumne was one of eight counties that included Alameda, Butte, Colusa, Los Angeles, Modoc, Orange, and Santa Cruz that moved to orange. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on coronavirus at noon today, including updated data and tiers for reducing COVID-19 in the state under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Another bright spot is that no counties climbed up the tiers to a more restrictive level.

Tuolumne County has 3.3 new COVID-19 cases per day per 100,00 with a 1.6% positivity rate, as predicted by Interim Tuolumne County Health Officer, Dr. Eric Sergienko told Clarke Broadcasting on Friday and reported here. That meets the state’s threshold for the orange tier, which will allow for businesses to open indoors with modifications. That includes breweries at 25% capacity, restaurants, churches, and movie theaters at 50% capacity. Click here for a breakdown of restrictions in this tier. State officials note that local public health departments can implement policies that are more restrictive than the state.

This is the second move on the state’s tier for Tuolumne County in March. On Sunday the 14th, the county moved from purple “widespread” or the most restrictive tier to red, as reported here. Calaveras County remains in the red tier with 35 other counties. It has 6.5 new COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000 and a 3% positivity rate.

Currently, in the state, there are three counties in the purple tier, 35 in red, 17 in the orange, and two, Alpine and Sierra, in the yellow or “minimal.” The statewide COVID-19 data as of Today can be viewed in the below chart:

California COVID-19 Numbers March 30, 2021
California COVID-19 Numbers March 30, 2021