At Least a Dozen Counties Are Failing the State’s New Equity Metric

At least 12 counties are failing to meet a new equity metric for reopening that’s aimed at reducing COVID infections in communities of color.

Under the equity requirement announced this month, counties with more than 106,000 residents must secure declines in cases in disadvantaged communities before they can expand reopening.

Counties failing the new equity metric include Contra Costa, Fresno, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Shasta, and Sonoma.

“No county has yet to be held back from advancing through the reopening tiers solely because of the health equity metric,” reports the Los Angeles Times. “But the requirement will force some counties to deploy more resources to their hardest-hit communities.”