CSAC Bulletin Article

Counties Continue to Progress Through Blueprint

April 15, 2021

On this week’s Tier Tuesday, most counties continue to make progress on case and vaccination rates, while calculations account for a change in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework that helps counties remain in a current tier despite small changes in data.

These refinements to the Blueprint resulted from strong advocacy by the CSAC Officers, CSAC Kitchen Cabinet, and CSAC Rural Caucus Working Group. Merced County started the week in the purple tier, and CSAC, working in conjunction with Merced County, was able to ensure accurate adjudication of the county’s data, which included an artificial spike in cases due to backlogged reporting by a local pharmacy. As a result, Merced moved into the red tier by mid-week. 

Inyo, the only other purple county, also moved to red on Tuesday (congratulations!), while Kern and Lake Counties moved from red to orange. Lassen County joins Alpine and Sierra Counties as the only three counties in yellow. As of today:

22 counties are in red
33 counties are in orange
3 counties are in yellow 

The state’s overall 7-day positivity rate is an excellent 1.5 percent, and fully 50 percent of the state’s adults have received at least one vaccine dose. In light of the hard work by counties to contribute to the state’s improving COVID-19 metrics, CSAC continues to engage the Governor’s administration on Blueprint adjustments in advance of the June 15 statewide reopening date.

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