LOS ANGELES – (AP) – Five more California counties will move to less restrictive levels due to improvements in COVID-19 conditions, and no counties will be returned, the State Department of Public Health said Tuesday.
Orange, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara and Amador counties switch from the orange or moderate level to the yellow or minimal level. Tehama County is improving from the red, substantial grade to the orange.
The trains put 13 counties in yellow, 35 in orange, 10 in red. No counties are in the purple or essential grade.
Santa Clara County’s Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody, immediately announced that new rules for the yellow tier will be introduced on Wednesday. Local rules that are being repealed include the requirement that companies maximize the number of employees teleworking.
The improvements were announced a day after the state health director announced that people in California would continue to wear masks and practice social distancing until June 15 – the date Governor Gavin Newsom declared that almost all COVID-19 – Restrictions are lifted when cases remain low.
More than 34.8 million vaccines have been administered in California, and the 7-day positivity rate is just 0.9%.
However, during a virtual meeting of the California Travel and Tourism Commission Tuesday, the governor noted that since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended looser masking guidelines last week, vaccinations have decreased a bit of concern. “
More than a dozen other states, including neighboring Oregon, have already followed the new CDC masking guidelines.
Most of California’s 58 counties – including gigantic Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego – are adhering to the state’s masking plan.
Los Angeles district regulator Hilda Solis said Monday the district will use the extra month to fully vaccinate more people. “More than half of our adult population remains at risk,” she said.
After California became the epicenter for the virus in the United States earlier this year, California saw a huge drop in COVID-19 cases.
Newsom, like the Biden administration, has been under pressure to relax mask restrictions as coronavirus cases decline nationwide. However, the Democratic governor faces a recall election this fall, largely due to the frustration of dealing with the pandemic.
The levels are based on cases, positivity rate, and vaccination counts. Newsom has announced that California will abolish the system in mid-June.