Today the State issued a new tiered structure for counties on the monitoring list. The following information has been issued this week:
State
  • 8/17/20 – California Department of Public Health updated the County Monitoring List (CML) now that the recent backlog of data has been cleared. As a result, CDPH retroactively updated the list for each day over the entire period impacted (July 25 – August 16). For Santa Barbara County, this lowered the positivity rate per 100k to within the threshold for schools to request waivers. The Public Health Department has posted information related to waivers on their website Here
  • 8/25/20 – The State added new guidance for Cohorts for Children and Youth in Supervised Settings and updated guidance for Schools, Daycares, Day Camps, Youth Sports and Higher Education related to Cohorts. This information has been added to the RISE website.
  • 8/28/20 – The State deployed new tiered structure for counties on monitoring list. https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Rules of the framework:
  1. CDPH will assess indicators weekly. The first weekly assessment will be released on September 8, 2020.
  2. A county will remain in a tier for a minimum of three weeks before being able to advance to a later tier.
  3. A county can only move forward one tier at a time, even if metrics qualify for a more advanced tier.
  4. If a county’s case rate and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier.
  5. City local health jurisdiction (LHJ) data will be included in overall metrics, and city LHJs will be assigned the same tier as the surrounding county.
Initial step applied on August 28, 2020:
  1. Each county is assigned to a tier based on an adjusted case rate and test positivity from the prior two reporting periods. If a county’s case rate and test positivity measure fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned the more restrictive tier.
  2. This tier status will be effective on Monday, August 31, 2020.
  3. If a county is initially assigned to Purple Tier 1 and has met the criteria for a less restrictive tier the prior week, the county only needs to meet the criteria for a less restrictive tier for one more week to move to the Red Tier 2. (For the September 8, 2020 assignment, a county does not need to remain in the Purple Tier 1 for three weeks. For all subsequent assessments, a county must remain in a tier for three weeks and meet the criteria to advance as described below.)
To advance:
  1. A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks, except as described in the “Initial step applied on August 28, 2020” section above.
  2. A county must meet criteria for the next tier for both measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.
  3. In addition, the state will establish health equity measures on activities such as data collection, testing access, contact tracing, supportive isolation, and outreach that demonstrate a county’s ability to address the most impacted communities within a county. Additional measures addressing health outcomes such as case rates, hospitalizations and deaths, will also be developed and tracked for improvement.
To move back:
  1. During the weekly assessment, if a county’s adjusted case rate and/or test positivity has been within a more restrictive tier for two consecutive weekly periods, the county must revert to the more restrictive tier.
  2. At any time, state and county public health officials may work together to determine targeted interventions or county wide modifications necessary to address impacted hospital capacity and drivers of disease transmission, as needed.
  3. Counties will have three days to implement any sector changes or closures unless extreme circumstances merit immediate action.
Santa Barbara County currently falls under the Purple Category- Widespread.
Under this category, there are only a few sector changes from the current status that are effective 8/31/2020:
  • Hair Salons & Barbershops are allowed to open indoors with modifications
  • All Retail – Open Indoors with modifications – Max 25% capacity
  • Shopping Centers (Malls, Destination Centers, Swap Meets) – Open indoors with modifications – Max 25% capacity; Closed common areas; Closed food courts
County
  • New HOO issued 2020-13.1 for Beaches Temporarily Restricted in Santa Barbara during Labor Day Weekend See Health Order Here
  • A new HOO is in progress to be effective 8/31/20