For months, counties have been under the scrutiny of the watchlist (also known as the state's monitoring list) that tracks each region's rate of COVID-19 cases, positive tests, hospitalizations and intensive-care unit admissions. The county's health care agency tweeted again, this time saying it was requesting "additional clarification from the state", and that the county is still "in limbo". In this tier, where the virus spread is considered "minimal", most businesses can operate their indoor operations with modifications.
"Those are the two criteria", he said, "that can move a county forward. all of us as individuals, doing everything we can to lower the case rate, lower the positivity rate".
Newsom provided Californians with a colour-coded map that showcases the severity of COVID-19 across the point out in various hues.
That county reopening goals differ from the previous benchmark, which was keeping the positivity rate under 8 percent for 14 consecutive days was the leading factor in how openings and closures were determined.
However, many details about how the process would work remained unclear.
Under the new process, counties will have to meet certain metrics for three weeks before they can reopen certain businesses.
That was echoed by the California Restaurant Association, which has seen the state's once-thriving food industry wither under restrictions that have closed indoor dining rooms and left many businesses to survive on takeout, delivery and limited outdoor seating, if they have the space.
This segment of the Covid-19 dashboard managed by Solano Public Health shows novel coronavirus cases by city in the county, the case breakdown by gender and the number of cases in nearby counties as reported Friday, Aug. 28, 2020.
The move comes as an estimated 62% of the nation's theaters have reopened, with studios starting to release major titles such as "The New Mutants", which opened Thursday night, and Christopher Nolan's time-travel thriller "Tenet", which launches on September 3.
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In anticipation of the Democratic governor's announcement Friday, there was a common refrain from businesses and local governments buffeted by the outbreak: We need clarity.
As such, the L.A. County Department of Public Health said "all current restrictions remain in place" until further notice. The association estimates as many as 1 million workers have been furloughed or laid off. See photos from the Downtown Disney reopening in the gallery.
"Restaurants in every corner of the state are on life support right now".
Riverside County Supervisor Karen Spiegel, who has recovered from the virus, said she hopes the state plan recognizes different levels of risk that come with different business activities. She's puzzled why shoppers can fill a Costco, where she stopped Thursday, while indoor hair salons remain off limits. "Our mission is to help the kids and families that need us most and that's what we are doing".
To date, California has a overall of 700,778 confirmed instances and 12,905 fatalities.
San Mateo County has 8.6 new positive cases per 100,000 residents and a 4.8 percent positivity rate, according to state data, and is in the purple tier, indicating a "widespread" county risk level, according to a county press release.
The new tiered system aims to simplify the criteria used down to two metrics - the seven-day daily average of the coronavirus case rate and the positive test rate in each county.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday revealed what he called a new, more "stringent" four-tiered reopening system that allows counties to open their economies depending on their case and test positivity rates. Inclusion on the list restricted what businesses can operate, whether schools can offer classroom instruction and limits other activities, such as attending indoor religious services.