CSAC Bulletin Article

Blueprint Adjustments Explained

April 15, 2021

Persistent advocacy by CSAC leadership has compelled three important adjustments to the state’s Blueprint that benefit counties. Supervisors and County administrators made a powerful case for accelerated reopening during last Wednesday’s Kitchen Cabinet meeting with Cabinet Secretary Ana Matosantos and Government Operations Agency Secretary Yolanda Richardson. The CSAC Rural Working Group followed up with a series of local examples and direct requests during a meeting last Friday with Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.

For small counties with a population less than 106,000, the state will now apply the “held harmless” adjustment using absolute case counts and test positivity in place since last October to allow a county to move to a less restrictive tier. Two consecutive weeks of good absolute case and testing positivity metrics and three total weeks in each tier are still required. Previously, the small county adjustment only applied to a small county in danger of moving to a more restrictive tier.

  • For counties entering the red tier, their Health Equity Quartile HPI census tracts’ test positivity must also be less than or equal to 8 percent.
  • For counties entering the orange tier, their Health Equity Quartile HPI census tracts’ test positivity must be within 5 percent of the orange tier threshold, or less than or equal to 5.2 percent.
  • For counties entering the yellow tier, their Health Equity Quartile HPI census tracts must be within 10 percent of the yellow tier threshold, or less than or equal to 2.2 percent. 

Download the latest county tier assignments and data here

For more information on these metric updates, please visit the CDPH Blueprint for a Safer Economy page here.

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