Governor Newsom Announces New Tiered System for County Monitoring
September 2, 2020

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Governor Newsom announces new tiered system for county monitoring. On August 28, Governor Newsom announced the release of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a color 4 tiered system to guide county modifications as the state looks to reopen. Counties will move through the system based on their rate of coronavirus cases and the percentage of positive tests. Previously, the state used several other metrics, like hospitalizations and testing capacity, to determine whether counties could reopen. The first assessment will be taking place on September 8. Additionally, the state has refreshed the covid19.ca.gov website where Californians can search the status of their counties and sector allowance under their current tier. The tiers are as follows: 

Tier 1: Widespread (Purple)

  • Most non-essential indoor business operations are closed
  • More than 7 daily new cases per 100,000 people
  • More than an 8% positivity rate
  • Currently 38 counties
  • Represents 87% of the state’s population

Tier 2: Substantial (Red) 

  • Some non-essential indoor business operations are closed
  • 4-7 daily new cases per 100,000 people
  • Positivity rate between 5-8%
  • Currently 9 counties
  • Represents 12% of the state’s population

Tier 3: Moderate (Orange)

  • Some business operations are open with modifications
  • 1-3.9 daily new cases per 100,000 people
  • Positivity rate between 2-4.9%
  • Currently 8 counties
  • Represents 1% of the state’s population

Tier 4: Minimal (Yellow) 

  • Most business operations are open with modifications
  • Less than 1 daily new cases per 100,000 people
  • Positivity rate less than 2%
  • Currently 3 counties
  • Represents 0.1%% of the state’s population