County COVID-19 Cases Declining

SACRAMENTO COUNTY – For Californians moving forward during the coronavirus pandemic red, not green, means go. Sacramento County has given the “red” light for more businesses and schools to reopen having advanced in the state’s new color tier system.

The color tier system, created to be easier to understand, is based on rates of new cases and the rate at which tests come back positive. Sacramento County rose from the most restrictive tier, purple to red on September 29 after having a daily case rate of 6.6 per 100,000 and a positivity rate of 4.6 percent, for two consecutive weeks. Red status requires 4-7 per 100,000 daily new cases of COVID-19 and 5-8 percent positive tests. Counties have to stay in their designated tiers for three weeks before moving to the next, less restrictive one. The first purple tier is also referred to as “widespread,” the second red level

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