Rising Coronavirus Numbers Stall School Reopening Plans
Eleven California counties have slid back into more restrictive tiers, forcing the closure of some businesses and stalling school reopening plans as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rise.
Reverting to the most restrictive, purple tier are the counties of Sacramento, San Diego, and Stanislaus. The new status means schools that have already opened must increase testing for staff. Some schools that had planned to reopen will have to hold off. These include River Delta Unified, the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, and Elverta Joint Elementary School District in Sacramento County and La Mesa-Spring Valley Unified and Fallbrook Union High in San Diego County.
Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Placer and Santa Cruz are are moving into the red (substantial) tier, while Modoc, Siskiyou and Trinity are sliding back into the orange (moderate) tier. Their schools will not be affected by the change.
On Tuesday, California’s seven-day positivity rate rose above 4% for the first time since late August. It is now at 4.2%. Hospitalizations are up 31.6% over the past two weeks, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.