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Humboldt Health Officer Expresses ‘Strong Disagreement’ With County’s New Downgrade to the Red Tier, But Relaxed Restrictions Will Take Effect at Midnight | Lost Coast Outpost


The #California #Department of #Public #Health (CDPH) today announced that local COVID-19 data places #Humboldt #County in the “Red” or #Substantial tier under the state’s “Blueprint for a #Safer #Economy.”

The adjusted case rate of 12.1 and positivity rate of 4.0% do not meet the threshold for tier reassignment. #However, the county met the state’s #Health #Equity #Metric, which aims to reduce disparities by ensuring that no group within a county is disproportionally impacted by COVID-19.

#Under the #Red tier, #Humboldt will be the only county in the state allowed to have indoor gatherings, movie theaters, fitness centers, places of worship and dining. #Local businesses, particularly restaurants and cafes, are urged to move forward cautiously. #If virus data worsens or intensive care unit capacity for the #Northern #California #Region dips below 15%, the state would require some sectors to move outdoors or cease operating altogether.

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#Humboldt #County #Health #Officer #Dr. #Ian #Hoffman registered strong disagreement with CDPH’s methodology and said he believes that #Red tier status could be reversed in coming days. “In many ways, the data doesn’t support this decision,” he said. “Our case rates are the highest they’ve ever been, and our contact investigation teams are tracking more cases, not fewer. #It’s unfortunate that we didn’t get to have a conversation with the state before this decision was handed down.”

#Public #Health #Director #Michele #Stephens said that while some businesses will be able to reopen, this is not a victory as much as it is a cautionary tale. “This is not a time to let down your guard,” she said. “Our entire community, including our businesses, should continue to follow COVID prevention measures. #Wear a mask. #Maintain distance. #Wash your hands. #As more people are moving around our community, these measures become even more important.”

#Some of the changes to sector operations under the #Red tier include:

  • #Bars, #Breweries and #Distilleries – #Closed.
  • #Wineries – #Open outdoors only.
  • #Family #Entertainment #Centers – #Open outdoors only.
  • #Retail – #Open indoors at maximum 50% capacity.
  • #Shopping #Centers, #Malls, #Swap #Meets – #Open indoors at maximum 50% capacity; #Close common areas; #Reduce food court capacity to 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • #Museums, #Zoos and #Aquariums – #Open indoors at maximum 25% capacity.
  • #Places of #Worship – #Open indoors at maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • #Movie Theaters – #Open indoors at maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
  • #Hotels and #Lodging – #Close indoor pools, hot tubs and spa facilities; #Fitness centers reduced to maximum 10% capacity.
  • #Gyms and #Fitness #Centers – #Open indoors at maximum 10% capacity; #Close indoor pools, saunas, steam rooms, hot tubs.
  • #Restaurants – #Open indoors at maximum 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

The tier change will take effect one minute past midnight tonight.

#For more information about the “Blueprint for a #Safer #Economy,” go to covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/.

#For the most recent COVID-19 information, visit cdc.gov or cdph.ca.gov. #Local information is available at humboldtgov.org or during business hours by contacting [email protected] or calling 707-441-5000.



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