Coronavirus updates: CA’s color-coded system for reopening goes into effect Monday – SFGate

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new color-coded list with four categories to guide when businesses can reopen and schools can offer in-person instruction goes into effect Monday.

The new structure replaces the county monitoring list. While the past system identified counties with high rates of infections and hospitalizations, the new one is based on a county’s rate of new cases per 100,000 residents per day (based on a seven-day average with seven-day lag) and the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests.

Under the new plan, each county is given a designation of “purple” (widespread), “red” (substantial) “orange” (moderate) or “yellow” (minimal) that measures the spread of COVID-19 and dictates what types of businesses and activities are allowed to open in each county.

All Bay Area counties are in the purple range, except for San Francisco and Napa counties that are in the red. (Visit covid19.ca.gov to see where other counties stand and what activities are allowed.)

Here’s a description for each tier:

Purple tier: County risk level is “widespread”

—More than seven daily new cases per 100,000 residents, or test positivity greater than 8%.

—Most non-essential indoor businesses operations are closed, but indoor hair salons and barbershops can reopen effective immediately.

—Newsom stated that this tier will replace the watch list.

—San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma and Solano counties are the Bay Area counties currently classified as purple.

Red tier: County risk level is “substantial”

—Four to seven daily new cases per 100,000 residents, or test positivity between 5% and 8%

—Some non-essential indoor business operations (office spaces, card rooms) are closed, but gyms, movie theaters and indoor dining can reopen with modifications.

—Schools can open two weeks after a county moves from purple to red.

—San Francisco and Napa are the Bay Area counties currently classified as red. NOTE: The state lists San Francisco’s daily case-per-100K number at 9.8. It is unclear why the county is in the red tier.

Orange tier: County risk is “moderate”

—One to four daily new cases per 100,000 residents, or test positivity between 2% and 5%

—Some indoor business operations are open with modifications.

—No Bay Area counties classified as orange.

Yellow tier: County risk is “minimal”

—Less than 1 new daily case per 100,000 residents, or test positivity less than 2%

—Most indoor business operations are open with modifications.

—No Bay Area counties classified as orange.

County health departments make the final call on what can reopen in their jurisdictions. Even though San Francisco is in the red, the city announced on Friday it would still not reopen many indoor businesses. Sonoma County barbershops, hair salons and malls will be allowed to resume indoor operations with modifications on Monday, officials announced.

Each county will be assigned its tier every Tuesday, and a county must remain in a tier for 21 consecutive days before moving to the next one. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for 14 consecutive days.

A county can move backwards by failing to meet the criteria for two consecutive weeks, or if state officials see a rapid rise in hospitalizations. The California Department of Public Health stated that the case rates will not include prisoner cases, and will “include an adjustment factor for counties that are testing above the state average.”

Bay City News contributed to this story. 

Amy Graff is the news editor for SFGATE. Eric Ting is a reporter for SFGATE. Email them: [email protected] and [email protected]

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