DUBLIN, CA — Alameda County remains in the orange or moderate tier for coronavirus re-openings, as determined by the state health department.
That may be a disappointment for businesses and schools anxious to return to normal, but it’s actually a great accomplishment as 11 California counties slipped backward into more-restrictive tiers.
Those counties include Contra Costa and Santa Cruz, which both went from orange to red. Sonoma and Monterey counties are in the purple, or most restrictive tiers.
The state tracks three metrics when determining tiers — the number of new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 people; testing positivity; and equity.
Contra Costa was downgraded because of new cases. As of Monday, that county’s number of new coronavirus cases was 6.0 per day per 100,000 people. In Alameda it’s 3.4.
The orange tier requires 1.0 to 3.9 new cases per day, while the more-restrictive red tier is 4.0 to 7.0 new cases per day. In this category, Contra Costa is inching toward the most-restrictive tier — the purple or widespread category — which is anything above 7.0 new cases per day.
Alameda has managed to get one metric, positivity rate, into the yellow tier range. The state requires a positivity rate of 2.0 or lower, and Alameda’s is now 1.5 percent.
In the equity metric, Alameda is also close to reaching the yellow range. The state requires 2.2 percent, while the county is currently 2.6 percent.
Here in Dublin, there have been 369 confirmed cases. The county has recorded 25,001 cases and 475 deaths.
California is on track to pass the 1 million mark of coronavirus cases this week. As of Monday, there had been 971,851 confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak.
It's not just California. There's a coronavirus surge across the country, and across the world. Several European nations have imposed lockdowns on their residents as stringent as those in the spring when the COVID-19 virus spread with a vengeance.
Following today’s announcement, there are 12 counties in the purple tier (widespread risk), 22 in the red tier (substantial risk), 17 are in the orange tier (moderate risk) and six are in the yellow tier (minimal risk).
On Monday, health directors for most Bay Area counties issued guidance on Thanksgiving celebrations.