Nearly a Dozen Counties Move Into More Restrictive Tiers as COVID Cases Rise

Eleven California counties have slid back into more restrictive tiers, forcing the closure of some businesses as coronavirus cases and hospitalizations rise.

Reverting to the most restrictive, purple tier are the counties of Sacramento, San Diego, and Stanislaus. 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.

On Tuesday, California’s 7-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.

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