New Tier System
The Blueprint for a Safer Economy is a statewide, stringent and slow plan with four tiers based on County risk level, that replaces the County Monitoring List (Watch List) with movement determined by case rate and positivity rate.
Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its rate of new cases and positivity. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.
- Tier 1, Purple: Highest-risk tier/"Widespread"
Positivity rate 8%+ and case rate of 7 new cases per 100,000
- Tier 2, Red: Second highest-risk tier/"Substantial"
Positivity rate 5-8% and case rate of 4-7 new cases per 100,000
- Tier 3, Orange: Third highest-risk tier/"Moderate"
Positivity rate 2-4.9% and case rate of 1-3.9 new cases per 100,000
- Tier 4, Yellow: Lowest risk tier/"Minimal"
Positivity rate less than 2% and case rate of less than 1 new case per 100,000
In addition to the tier system, the framework includes an "emergency brake" so that immediate changes can be made if counties have extremely concerning numbers of hospitalizations or ICU admissions.
Read about County Monitoring here.
Please note that County guidelines may be more stringent than the state.