CSAC Bulletin Article

Tier Tuesday Accelerated by Health Equity Metric

April 8, 2021

Counties and other providers have successfully vaccinated 4 million Californians in the state’s most vulnerable quartile, according to the Healthy Places Index. This means that the required case rates for the red, orange, and yellow tiers within the Blueprint for a Safer Economy– which is still in effect at least until June 15 – are updated to reflect ranges of 6-10, 2-5.9, and less than 2 cases per 100,000 respectively. 

Sixteen counties move to a less restrictive tier tomorrow, including Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Imperial, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, Riverside, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Tulare, and Ventura. For this week, there are two counties in the purple tier, 22 in the red tier, 32 in the orange tier, and two in the yellow tier.

A further addition to the Blueprint framework was also announced today: an additional metric wherein more recent hospitalization data will be considered before moving a county to a more restrictive tier. According to the state, during the weekly tier assessment, if a county’s adjusted case rate and/or test positivity has fallen within a more restrictive tier for two consecutive weeks, the state will review the county’s most recent 10 days of data – and now, also hospitalization data, to determine if there are signs of improvement to indicate the county can remain in the less restrictive tier. The statewide median testing rate, currently at 333.45 tests per 100,000 residents, will continue to be measured and updated weekly.


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