One month after California officials announced the new color-coded tier structure for counties reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Sacramento County's COVID-19 numbers improved enough to allow more businesses to reopen.
Sacramento County, along with several other counties across the state, moved from the purple tier (categorized as widespread infection) to the red tier (categorized as substantial spread). This change allows more indoor business operations at increased capacity and allows schools to reopen.
The tiers are based on level of spread and positivity rate. To get to the orange tier, counties need to have less than 4 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people and a positivity rate of less than 5%.
Now, county officials ask everyone, whether you live, work or play in Sacramento County, for help to move into the orange tier (designated as moderate spread) by Halloween.
Here's what you can do to help "Turn Sacramento County Orange" by Oct. 31:
- Wear a face covering in public
- Maintain social distancing guidelines and stay at least 6 feet away from non-household members
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid indoor gatherings of any size, aside from regular members of your household
Another tip: To help reduce the chance of a "twindemic" with COVID-19 and the flu, health experts recommend getting a flu shot. Even if you're healthy, the flu can cause you to become pretty sick. Getting a flu vaccination during COVID-19 can help protect everyone and reduce the influx of sick patients at local hospitals.