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    TUSTIN (CBSLA) — As Orange County’s COVID-19 metrics continued to move closer to the less-restrictive red tier Wednesday, restaurant workers began to prepare for the possibility of indoor dining returning. Orange County restaurant owners hope that lower COVID case numbers are a sign that the county will be moving from the most-restrictive purple to the red tier in the coming weeks. READ MORE: Former CA Senator John Moorlach Infected With COVID-19 Business has dropped 35 percent at Christakis Greek Cuisine since indoor dining has stopped. (credit: CBSLA) At Christakis Greek Cuisine restaurant in Tustin, staff and customers were counting down the days until the dining room can reopen for business. The tables in the dining room have been sitting empty since November, but that’s expected to change soon. “We’re excited that there’s some movement hopefully,” said one customer. Under the red tier, restaurants would be permitted to reopen indoors at...
    SAN MATEO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) -- A line of people waited to get inside the 24 Hour Fitness in Redwood City Wednesday morning. The gym is now permitted to allow customers inside for the first time since December 15th.Gerald Triplett drove to the gym from Fremont. He says there are 24 Hour Fitness centers in Fremont, he just can't use them."I have one not too far from me but it's closed," he said.RELATED: 2 Bay Area counties join red tier: Here's what will changeGyms in San Mateo and Marin Counties can allow 10% of their capacity inside because they are now in the red tier of the state's Covid re-opening plan.The 24 Hour Fitness in Redwood City can hold 800 people. They can allow 80 people inside at a time under the current guidelines.The members who worked out Wednesday morning were happy to be able to come inside.RELATED: San Mateo,...
    CBS San Francisco Staff Report SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — With the surge in new coronavirus cases beginning to ease and demand for vaccination growing, the information you need to know is coming fast and furious. Here’s a roundup of the COVID stories we’ve published over the last 24 hours. READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Clears Major FDA Hurdle Newsom Signs $7.6 Billion State COVID-19 Stimulus Package; Millions To Get $600 Check SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package on Tuesday that will give at least $600 one-time payments to 5.7 million Californians while setting aside more than $2 billion in grants for struggling small businesses. Newsom signed the law as Congress is debating a much larger stimulus package for the nation, a proposal that could also put money into the pockets of most Americans. And it comes as the governor is facing...
    BURLINGAME (CBS SF) — At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, San Mateo and Marin counties moved from the purple tier to the red tier, easing COVID-19 restrictions for businesses and individuals. Exiting the purple tier means indoor dining is now allowed at 25 percent capacity in San Mateo and Marin Counties. READ MORE: UPDATE: Tiger Woods Awake, Responsive After Suffering Multiple Leg Injuries In Car Crash For Crepevine in Downtown Burlingame that means it can offer up to 4 tables inside. “It helps for customers, especially when we have adults or seniors that they don’t want to sit outside with this weather, so it helps a lot,” said Manager Giovanni Cea. The red tier also means that museums, movie theaters and gyms can reopen at reduced capacities. Reopening public schools are up to districts. There was a palpable sense of excitement and optimism at restaurants Tuesday night, knowing...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County was closer to moving from the most-restrictive purple tier of the state’s coronavirus monitoring system Tuesday, as the weekly update from the state showed that it meets key criteria to enter the red tier. The county’s test positivity rate improved from 7.8% last week to 5.4% Tuesday, and the adjusted case rate per 100,000 on a seven-day average with a seven-day lag improved from 20.7 to 11.9. The Health Equity Quartile Positivity Rate, which reflects the rates in lower-income and minority neighborhood hot spots, improved from 10.7% to 7%. READ MORE: Newsom Signs COVID Relief Package That Will Send $600 Payments To Nearly 6 Million Californians To get to the red tier, the county has to have a positivity rate of 5 to 8%, a case rate per 100,000 of 4 to 7 and a Health Equity Quartile rate of 5.3 to 8%. Under...
    Declining coronavirus case rates mean two Bay Area counties are advancing out of the most-restrictive stage in California’s reopening system, officials announced Tuesday. San Mateo and Marin counties were among five statewide that moved from the purple tier on the color-coded scale, indicating the virus is “widespread,” to the red tier, for “substantial” spread. The move clears the way for certain indoor activities that have been shut down for months to resume in those two counties, albeit with tight limits: Movie theaters and museums can reopen at 25% capacity, as can gyms, at 10% capacity. Both were limited to outdoor operations only in the purple tier. San Mateo and Marin counties are each averaging fewer than 100 new coronavirus cases per day, according to data compiled by this news organization. State data shows each has a test positivity rate barely above 2%. Yolo, Shasta and Humboldt counties also advanced to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- As coronavirus numbers continue to improve, there is a possibility that several Bay Area counties could go into the red tier as early as early as Tuesday.Red would be an improvement over the current purple tier. Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties could soon open more indoor activities."If we get the inside at 25 percent that's 11 extra tables and we'll make it work!" Thomas Bunker said.RELATED: Map shows which CA counties can, can't reopen under reopening tiersBunker is the operations manager at Scoma's Sausalito, and is referring to what will happen if and when Marin goes into the red tier. Bunker says they've already spent $25,000 to $30,000 on an air sanitizing system and added air purifiers. He says his employees who aren't working are ready to go."I have them already on speed dial. Click we're ready, you're going to have five shifts, these...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — Owners of restaurants and other businesses in Santa Clara County are eyeing the progress other neighboring counties are making towards reopening and wondering when it will be their chance to enter the state’s COVID-19 Red Tier. “When we were open for outdoor dining and that was taken from us, it was pretty rough from an economic standpoint. I mean it just devastated us as a restaurant and really the industry in general,” said Dan Holder, owner of Jack Holder’s Restaurant in San Jose. READ MORE: 16-Year-Old Driving Stolen Car Arrested In East Palo Alto, Linked To Robbery the Night Before Holder has set up, torn down and set up again a tent for outdoor dining outside his restaurant, as the pendulum of public health orders has swung from closing to reopening and back. He said he would welcome a return to the state’s red tier...
    SAN CARLOS (CBS SF/BCN) — While other San Francisco Bay Area school districts remain in the planning phase, the San Carlos Unified School District opened the doors of its schools Monday to transitional kindergarten and first-grade students. Orientations for second and third grades will begin the week of March 1, while fourth and fifth grades are scheduled for the week of March 15. Adjusted case rates in San Mateo County are at 9.6 and must be 25 or below for TK-5 students to return to some in-person learning under California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Currently, San Mateo County officials are awaiting word from state health officials to move from the purple to the red tier on California’s reopening The district will address sixth through eighth grades when the county does move into the red tier or 7 or fewer cases per 100,000 people under state requirements....
    BURLINGAME (KPIX 5) — Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday said California is in a very different place in regards to COVID than it was just one month ago because of residents working hard and following safety protocols like wearing masks. The positive case numbers being reported across the state and in the Bay Area will soon lead to reduced COVID restrictions in some areas. San Mateo is one of three Bay Area counties that could enter the red tier as early as next week. Sapore Italiano in downtown Burlingame was bustling Wednesday evening. Come next week, it could get even busier. “It will be a big difference, between to go, indoor and outdoor. We can do at least very, very good business,” said owner Elio D’Urzo. In addition to San Mateo County, San Francisco and Marin counties are poised to enter the Red Tier, which means indoor dining capacity at...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to trend downwards in Orange County Wednesday as officials opened up a new vaccine site at Santa Ana College. The county Wednesday reported 166 new cases and 27 additional fatalities. The new numbers brought the county’s total caseload to 243,329 and the death toll to 3,644. RELATED: 1 Dead, At Least 2 Others Injured In West LA Crash Of the deaths, two were skilled nursing facility residents, raising the total to 904 since the pandemic began, and one was an assisted living facility resident, hiking that total to 406. Meanwhile, hospitalizations continued a downward trend. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dipped from 748 on Tuesday to 719. However, the number of people in intensive care remained at 235. The county has 15.4% of its ICU beds available, as well as 57% of its ventilators, according to the Orange County...
    For the first time in months, Orange County's COVID-19 positivity rate has improved enough to qualify for the red tier in the state's guidelines to reopen more businesses -- although the county still does not meet all the metrics required to graduate from the most restrictive purple tier.The county on Tuesday reported 658 new coronavirus infections and logged 40 more fatalities, raising the cumulative case number to 243,163 and the death toll to 3,617. Those numbers reflect two days since there was no update Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.Hospitalizations, meanwhile, continued a downward trend, with 748 patients being treated for the virus at area medical centers, down from 790 on Sunday, with the number in intensive care dropping from 257 to 235.The county has 15.3% of its ICU beds available, as well as 56% of its ventilators, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency."We haven't seen any spikes...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County’s COVID-19 positivity rate improved enough Tuesday to qualify for the red tier in the state’s guidelines to reopen more businesses, although the county still doesn’t meet all the metrics required to graduate from the most restrictive purple tier. On Tuesday, the county reported 658 new coronavirus cases along with 40 additional deaths. RELATED: FEMA-Run COVID Vaccine Super Site Opens At Cal State LA The new numbers brought the county’s total caseload to 243,163 and the death toll to 3,617. The numbers are reflective of the last two days since there wasn’t an update on Monday because of Presidents Day. Hospitalizations continued to trend downward Tuesday as well. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped from 790 on Sunday to 748 on Tuesday and the number of people in intensive care decreased from 257 to 235. Of the 40 deaths reported Tuesday, two were...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago will update its COVID-19 travel order on Tuesday.The travel order places states in three categories: red, orange and yellow.A state in the yellow tier has less than 15 daily cases per 100,000 people. States in the orange tier have 15-40 cases per 100,000 people. States in the red tier have more than 40 daily cases per 100,000 people.A 10-day quarantine is reqired from travelers from states in the red tier. Travelers from states in the orange tier must either quarantine for 10 days or test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival. Travelers from yellow states do not need to quarantine or test before arrival.States currently in the yellow tier include Hawaii and Vermont.States in the orange tier include: Alaska, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington Wisconsin and Wyoming.States in the red tier include: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware,...
    California Interscholastic Federation executive director Ron Nocetti received the new state COVID-19 youth sports guidelines. A day later, he met for a couple of hours with the high school sports governing body’s 10 section commissioners. After the meeting Tuesday — less than 24 hours after the long-awaited California Department of Public Health guidelines were released — the state’s top high school sports executive spent a few minutes with the Bay Area News Group. Nocetti noted that his office advocated for high school sports to be played in the red and purple tiers — which the new guidelines will not allow for high-contact sports such as football and basketball — and there is no urgency to discuss rearranging the calendar until it’s clear that no sports will start until at least Jan. 25. In its release, the California Department of Public Health said it would reassess the situation...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County officials asked residents Monday to cancel any travel plans and use caution in interactions outside of their immediate household during the Thanksgiving holiday because of the spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the county and the state. The announcement outlining the stricter measures came on the same day Governor Gavin Newsom announced rollbacks of COVID infection tiers in 41 counties, most now bumped back to the most restrictive Purple Tier, including the entire Bay Area, as the state’s daily cases doubled over the past 10 days. The change takes effect Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. ALSO READ: San Francisco Orders Non-Essential Offices Closed, Cuts Gym Capacities In Return To Red Tier While Santa Clara County hospital capacity remains robust, the uptick in COVID-19 hospitalizations has health officials urging the public to “double-down” on safety protocols, in an efforts to avoid overburdening the...
    REDWOOD CITY (CBS SF) – Health officials in San Mateo County announced new COVID-19 rollbacks Monday, as the county was shifted back to the more restrictive Red Tier with cases rising throughout California. The changes are effective Tuesday, November 17, according to a county statement. Indoor dining capacity has been reduced to a maximum of 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. The county remains one of the few places in the Bay Area to allow for indoor dining, as neighboring San Francisco closed indoor dining last week. Six other counties in the Bay Area are in the Purple Tier, the state’s most restrictive which does not allow for any indoor dining. Meanwhile, capacities for indoor museums, houses of worship and movie theatres has also been reduced to maximum 25% or 100 people, whichever is fewer. Indoor gyms and fitness centers can operate at a maximum 10% capacity. Limits are...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco is taking a step back to the red tier due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.The city is rolling back its reopening again. Last week, restaurants had to shut down indoor dining. Now there are more changes."A number of things will need to come off the table," said Mayor London Breed.RELATED: Newsom considering curfew as CA COVID-19 cases spike, 40 counties move to more restrictive tiersMayor Breed announced non-essential offices which had been opened to 25% capacity in late October will need to close.Also, fitness centers will need to reduce their capacity to 10% down from 25%.The changes will go into effect Tuesday."This is me sounding the alarm," said Mayor Breed.Both the Mayor and Dr. Grant Colfax explained that San Francisco is in the midst of a major surge.In order to avoid a city-wide shutdown, Dr. Colfax urged San Franciscans not to leave the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – City officials in San Francisco announced new COVID-19 restrictions Monday as the state re-assigned the city into the Red Tier over a surge in cases locally and statewide. As of Tuesday, non-essential offices, which were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity late last month, must return to 100% remote and telework operations. Meanwhile, fitness centers must reduce capacity from 25% to 10%. Health officials said other sectors can remain open, including outdoor gyms and fitness centers, outdoor dining, restaurants offering takeout, along with shopping and personal care services. Elementary and middle schools, and cultural and family activities such as museums and aquariums are also allowed to continue operations. Mayor London Breed’s office said the city is experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases. From October 10 to November 10, the 7-day average of daily new cases has risen from 29 to 97. Meanwhile, the case...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases,...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases,...
    Orange and Ventura counties moved back to the most restrictive tier in California's coronavirus reopening framework, the state announced Monday.The counties move from the red tier to the most restrictive purple tier means indoor activities will be shut down for churches, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants. All Southern California counties are now in the purple tier.On Sunday, Orange County reported 639 new COVID-19 cases, its highest number of daily coronavirus cases since mid-August. On Sunday, Ventura's case rate was at 7.2%, but it needs to be below 7% in order to remain at the red level.For Orange County, the possibility of the county reverting back to more restrictions had been looming due to a recent surge. Officials in both counties warned the high number of cases almost guaranteed they would slide back tiers.Having trouble viewing? For a better experience, click here to view the full map in a new windowCounty...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- In the South Bay, there's more sobering news as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise. Santa Clara County, which reported 362 new cases on Friday, is expected to move back into the red tier as soon as next Tuesday. As a result, indoor dining will be suspended on the same day.RELATED: How safe are those outdoor dining igloos and tents when it comes to COVID-19 transmission?"It is absolutely imperative that we take action now, each and every one of us, in order to get through this," said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County health officer, who warned that the county might even move into the even more restrictive purple tier by the end of the month, if the current surge isn't quickly brought under control.With rain and colder temperatures on the way, many restaurant owners throughout the region are trying to decide if...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Santa Clara County will halt all indoor dining amid a sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in the county and across the Bay Area, health authorities announced Friday. In addition, the dramatic increase in cases will assure the county will be moved to the state’s Red Tier of coronavirus risk beginning on Tuesday, and unless the current surge is quickly brought under control, the county expects to be moved to the Purple Tier in the next few weeks. County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said on Friday alone, there were 362 new cases of coronavirus, while there are 110 people hospitalized in the county with the virus, a jump from an average of 80 patients in October. Cody also said the average number of new cases per day in the county has more than doubled since early October. “We know that eating indoors without masks is...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — While Alameda County remains in the Orange Tier of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment, health officials on Thursday announced a pause to any reopening due to the recent spike in cases that will likely place the county back at the Red Tier. “Alameda County is currently in the Orange Tier per the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, but we anticipate moving into a more restrictive tier soon,” the statement announcing the pause said. “For this reason, we will not open additional activities and will likely need to close higher risk activities shortly. Earlier action will help us flatten the curve.” Health officials said Alameda County’s daily new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people as calculated by the state has risen from a low of 3.4 to 4.9. “We expect to move back into the Red Tier soon and, if current trends continue, Alameda County will move...
    MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) -- Contra Costa County was in the less restrictive orange tier for just two weeks. Now, it's back in the red.Indoor dining will be restricted to 25% of capacity again. Movie theaters and Gyms must operate at only 10%. Offices can open only for essential workers.RELATED: Coronavirus in California: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system"In the last two weeks, the numbers have increased dramatically," Contra Costa County Health Officer Dr. Chris Farnitano said, "We've also seen hospital cases double in our county so we need to act quickly in response to those things."County health officials say there's a chance it could move into the purple tier with even more restrictions.The colder weather, holiday gatherings, travel and college students coming home will all create the potential for a growing number of infections.App users: For a better experience, click here to view the...
    WALNUT CREEK (KPIX) – Contra Costa County says COVID-19 cases are rapidly spreading. Most of the new cases are spreading within the home, with an infected member of a household passing the virus to people with whom they live. Health officials announced Tuesday the county is rolling back to the red tier. That means restaurants, places of worship and movie theaters will be able to operate indoors at a maximum of 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer, while gyms and dance studios will only be able to open indoors at 10 percent capacity. Additionally, starting Friday, Nov. 13, retail stores that operate indoors must scale back their maximum occupancy to 50 percent or 100 people, whichever is lower, while indoor shopping malls must reduce their occupancy and reduce the occupancy of food courts to 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is fewer and office workspaces must operate...
    As coronavirus cases start to climb in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has warned that more counties were going to be moved backward on the state's reopening map.The task of formally announcing the new restrictions is left to Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, who is holding a press conference at noon. Check back to watch it live and read updates.State data we obtained before the start of the press conference shows 10 counties are changing tiers, all of them moving in the more restrictive direction.In Northern California, Modoc, Siskiyou and Trinity counties all moved from "yellow" to a more restrictive "orange" tier.In the Bay Area and Sacramento region, Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado and Santa Cruz counties all moved from "orange" to "red." Things are even worse in Sacramento and Stanislaus counties, which have moved into the most restrictive "purple" tier.In Southern California, the only change was in...
    As coronavirus cases start to climb in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has warned that more counties were going to be moved backward on the state's reopening map.The task of formally announcing the new restrictions is left to Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, who is holding a press conference at noon. Check back to watch it live and read updates.State data we obtained before the start of the press conference shows 10 counties are changing tiers, all of them moving in the more restrictive direction.In Northern California, Modoc, Siskiyou and Trinity counties all moved from "yellow" to a more restrictive "orange" tier.In the Bay Area and Sacramento region, Amador, Contra Costa, El Dorado and Santa Cruz counties all moved from "orange" to "red." Things are even worse in Sacramento and Stanislaus counties, which have moved into the most restrictive "purple" tier.In Southern California, the only change was in...
    A handful of California counties are expected Tuesday to regress to more restrictive tiers in the state’s coronavirus reopening system amid an increasingly worrying surge in infections, officials said. Though an official announcement won’t come until later in the day, Gov. Gavin Newsom foreshadowed the changes, saying he anticipates “we will see more restrictive tiering based upon case rates that have begun to increase.” “This is exactly why we designed the tier status the way we did,” he said during a briefing Monday. “It was about being more and less restrictive — not based upon political whim, but based upon the data, based upon the epidemiology, based upon the facts on the ground and, again, based upon local conditions in the 58 counties throughout the state of California.” The state’s reopening roadmap, which determines the extent to which businesses, schools and other public spaces can operate, is broken into four...
    SANTA ANA (CNS) — Orange County health officials reported Friday 309 additional COVID-19 cases and nine more deaths, heightening concern that the county could slip back into the most restrictive purple tier. The new numbers bring the county’s death toll to 1,503 and raise the cumulative case count to 61,421. It is possible that the cases reported on Friday are spread out over the past couple of weeks as they come from numerous testing sources that submit the results in different ways, Orange County CEO Frank Kim said. “For whatever reason, those entities are submitting results in a somewhat delayed fashion to the state,” Kim said. “When the state gets them they put it in the daily buckets based on the date of sample collection.” Still, the rise in cases throughout the Southland is undeniable, Kim said. “Our numbers still look OK,” compared with many other neighboring counties, Kim said....
    NEWBURY PARK (CBSLA) — A “dine in now open” sign hangs from the door of Spumoni Italian Restaurant in Newbury Park on Wednesday, as eateries in Ventura County are finally allowed to seat customers inside. “Everybody is so happy,” said the manager, Elias Sanchez. “The employees called me and say ‘We are going to have more hours’ and also customers already called to make a reservation for this evening and this weekend too.” Wednesday marked the first full day since Ventura County received the green light to move into the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system. Restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, massage parlors, houses of worship, and more are now able to reopen indoor operations, with some modifications. Kelly Valenzuela, a Newbury Park resident, said she is optimistic about the county’s tier change, but she’s still taking precautions. “As long as we’re careful…masks, clean your hands and respectful of...
    VENTURA (CBSLA) – California health officials Tuesday upgraded Ventura County to the red-tier of its four-tiered coronavirus recovery roadmap. People watch from their cars the band Los Lobos performing during the “Concert in your cars” series in Ventura, Calif. on Sept. 6, 2020. (Getty Images) The upgrade from purple to red was announced by California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly during his weekly coronavirus news briefing. Under the red tier, which still categorizes the virus as “substantial,” Ventura County will be allowed to reopen restaurants, places of worship and movie theaters for indoor operations at a capacity of 25% or 100 people, whichever is less. Ventura now joins Orange, San Diego and Riverside as the only Southern California counties in the red tier. All other Southern California counties are in purple, which categorizes the coronavirus as “widespread.” To be upgraded from the purple tier, a county must...
    Ventura County was among several counties on Tuesday to move the less-restrictive "red" tier in California's color-coded classification system.DEVELOPING: This report will be updated.
    Ventura County could advance to a less restrictive COVID-19 tier in California's reopening framework next week.If the county can keep its coronavirus numbers down, the region could move from the most restrictive red tier into the red tier next Tuesday.The move would mean places like restaurants, malls and gyms could reopen indoors with restrictions.MORE: Here are all the counties that can, cannot reopen under CA color-coded systemSchools could also opt for in-person classes after a 14-day waiting period.Meanwhile, nearby Orange County was on track to move up from the red tier to the orange tier of the state's color-coded tracking system but did not advance on Tuesday, remaining in the red tier.RELATED: Here's a breakdown of each tier in California's new reopening framework
    REDWOOD CITY (KPIX) – Alameda and San Mateo counties, on Tuesday, learned they were upgraded into the state’s less restrictive, red tier, but only one of those counties decided to loosen its grip on businesses. “The first thing that came to my mind was hallelujah,” said San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Canepa. Effective immediately, indoor dining, exercising in gyms and fitness studios, going to a movie theater and church could resume in San Mateo county, but with modifications. Alameda County, on the other hand, is taking a more cautious approach and will wait to reopen its economy a little more. Recently, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties also decided to follow its more restrictive guidelines, and ignore the state when it moved into the red tier. “There are no right answers to this, there are none,” said Canepa. Despite the green light in San Mateo County, Evolve Training Center co-owner...
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — Despite just entering the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 monitoring system, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has voted to draft a plan to accelerate reopening after residents urged them to abandon Gov. Newsom’s guidelines and lift all restrictions. In a board meeting on Tuesday, hundreds of residents said they think the governor’s restrictions are based on fear and want to see all restrictions lifted in the county. “The last six months have been an all-you-can-stomach buffet of fear,” said resident Loren Dean. “It falls to you — this board — to step away from a governor who is paralyzed by fear.” Riverside County has been operating under the purple tier of the state’s monitoring system until this week. Under the red tier, retail stores can operate at 50% capacity, while restaurants and places of worship can reopen at 25% capacity. Gyms can resume indoor operations...
    MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — More indoor businesses, including movie theaters, gyms and restaurant dining rooms, may be able to reopen in Contra Costa County as soon as next week, should COVID-19 case trends continue, the county’s health officer said Tuesday. Dr. Chris Farnitano said that, as of Tuesday, Contra Costa has met the state’s “red tier” criteria for one week. The county, currently in the “purple tier,” will have to show it meets those standards again on Sept. 29 to join most of the rest of the Bay Area in the less constrained red tier. ALSO READ: COVID-19 Reopening: What Has Reopened In Each Bay Area County? Sonoma County is the only other Bay Area county still in the purple tier as of Tuesday; Alameda, San Mateo and Solano counties made the move to the red tier earlier in the day. Two key numbers registered Tuesday were the county’s “cases...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Out of the purple and into the red. On Tuesday, Alameda, San Mateo, and Solano Counties moved into a lower risk COVID-19 transmission category.Only two Bay Area counties, Sonoma and Contra Costa, remain in the purple tier, which is the most restrictive tier in the state system.INTERACTIVE: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system"Good news all around, but really a reminder that despite seeing steady downward trajectory, that we cannot drop our guard," said California Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly.Dr. Ghaly says there are no early signs of increased transmission because of reopenings, but the numbers could always change."I will reserve final judgment for a couple more weeks until we really see how Labor Day data... impact those numbers across the state"Despite graduating to the red category, Alameda County put out a statement that says, there will be...
    Riverside County on Tuesday moved from the purple to the red tier on the state's COVID-19 tracking system, which allows more businesses to reopen.Moving into the less restrictive red tier, which has already been achieved in neighboring Orange County, would allow indoor dining at restaurants and movie theaters to reopen with limited capacity. Here's what that means for other businesses in the county.However, the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is expected to vote on a plan that would allow businesses to reopen earlier than allowed by the state.App users: Having trouble viewing? For a better experience, click here.Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt will ask his colleagues to support a proposed two-month plan to lift all public health regulations that have locked down large swaths of the regional economy, resulting in thousands of job losses and other impacts that he said will be felt "for years to come."The centerpiece standard...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A number of Bay Area counties were able to move from the Purple or Widespread Tier of California’s monitoring guidelines to the Red or Substantial Tier, according to health officials. Changes to the updated section of the state COVID-19 website late Tuesday morning reflected that Alameda, San Mateo and Solano counties had all moved from Purple to Red. The designation allows for increased business operations due to decreasing case rates. Currently Sonoma and Contra Costa counties are the only Bay Area regions that remain in the Purple Tier. “Alameda, Riverside, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo and Solano all reaching the thresholds for two consecutive weeks, moving from Purple to Red,” said California Health and Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly during his weekly update on the state’s monitoring of COVID-19 risk. Before Tuesday’s announcement, all Bay Area counties were in the Purple Tier except...
    SAN DIEGO (CBSLA) – San Diego County will learn Tuesday whether it will be downgraded to the purple tier of the state’s four-tiered coronavirus assessment system, which would force it to close indoor operations for some businesses. California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly will announce Tuesday afternoon which counties can move up the scale because of their decline in coronavirus case numbers. People wearing protective masks walk on Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2020. (Getty Images) However, San Diego County may be forced to move back down from red to purple because of an uptick in numbers. That would mean that San Diego County movie theaters would have to close and restaurants and places of worship would have to shutter their indoor operations. Currently, under the red tier, theaters, restaurants and churches are allowed to operate at a capacity of 25% or 100...
    Riverside County could move from the purple to the red tier on the state's COVID-19 tracking system, which would allow more businesses to reopen, as early as Tuesday.Moving into the red tier, which has already been achieved in neighboring Orange County, would allow indoor dining at restaurants and movie theaters to reopen with limited capacity.However, the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is expected to vote on a plan that would allow businesses to reopen earlier than allowed by the state.EMBED More News Videos Does the new color coded, 4-tier system for monitoring COVID-19 in California leave you scratching your head? ABC7 breaks down what each tier means. Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Hewitt will ask his colleagues to support a proposed two-month plan to lift all public health regulations that have locked down large swaths of the regional economy, resulting in thousands of job losses and other impacts that he...
    CORONA (CBSLA) — Riverside County is poised to move from the state’s purple to red tier on Tuesday, but at least one county supervisor says his district cannot afford to wait to reopen any longer. Supervisor Jeff Hewitt has told reporters that the state’s unclear boundaries for reopening have put jobs, businesses and homes on the line, which is why he is expected to propose Tuesday that restaurants, wineries, places of worship, indoor offices and indoor malls reopen fully. And it’s a plan that some county residents agree with. “I think it’s enough. I think we should open,” Estella Salmeron, a Corona resident, said. “Our economy needs to get back, and I think we are all aware of the disease and we are protecting ourselves and I think it’s time to reopen.” “Businesses need to reopen and get back to normal,” Felipe Salmeron, a Corona resident, said. “Many places are...
    CORONA (CBSLA) — Riverside County is poised to move from the state’s purple to red tier on Tuesday, but at least one county supervisor says his district cannot afford to wait to reopen any longer. Supervisor Jeff Hewitt has told reporters that the state’s unclear boundaries for reopening have put jobs, businesses and homes on the line, which is why he is expected to propose Tuesday that restaurants, wineries, places of worship, indoor offices and indoor malls reopen fully. And it’s a plan that some county residents agree with. “I think it’s enough. I think we should open,” Estella Salmeron, a Corona resident, said. “Our economy needs to get back, and I think we are all aware of the disease and we are protecting ourselves and I think it’s time to reopen.” “Businesses need to reopen and get back to normal,” Felipe Salmeron, a Corona resident, said. “Many places are...
    The Riverside County Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday on a plan that would allow businesses to reopen earlier than allowed by the state.According to the Press Enterprise, the plan would allow shopping malls, restaurants and other businesses to resume indoor operations as soon as Wednesday -- without restrictions for how many people can be inside.However, it's not clear whether businesses would be required to enforce rules for masks and physical distancing.RELATED: Riverside allows gyms, churches to utilize space at city parks for freeGov. Gavin Newsom has not publicly addressed the situation. But in May, he threatened to pull disaster funding from counties that open in defiance of state orders.The California Department of Public Health updated the county's current tier standing last week, and though the county remains in the most restrictive -- purple -- tier under the governor's "Blueprint for a Safer Economy'' guidelines, it will qualify...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- More businesses in Los Angeles County could be allowed to reopen in October as downward trends in COVID-19 cases and testing-positivity rates could allow the county to move into the next tier of the state's economic-reopening system, according to the county's public health directorHowever, Labor Day numbers could potentially thwart that move.The county is in the most restrictive, or "purple,'' level of the state's four-tier virus-tracking roadmap. The county already has a low enough seven-day average testing positivity rate -- around 3.2% -- to move to a less-restrictive tier, but average new case numbers are still too high, currently averaging 8.1 cases per 100,000 residents. The state threshold for advancing to the "red'' tier is seven cases per 100,000.However, Public health director Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday numbers in all categories have been trending downward over the past six weeks following a spike seen after the Fourth...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KPIX 5) – A group of business owners and at least a half dozen chambers of commerce across Santa Clara County are coming together to urge county leaders to relax COVID-19 restrictions or put the economy further at risk. The group is asking county supervisors and Dr. Sara Cody, the county’s health officer, to follow the state’s “red tier” guidelines in reopening the economy. Santa Clara County entered the red tier last week, but announced it would continue following more restrictive guidelines. “Did they forget about us,” said esthetician Maya Mansour, who owns The Original Facial Bar in Willow Glen. Esthetician Maya Mansour of Facial Bar enters her business which has been shutdown by the COVID-19 pandemic. (CBS) Mansour was set to hold a grand opening for her second location in Cupertino earlier this year when the county announced its shelter-in-place order. For the last six months, Mansour...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles County: 256,148 cases, 6,303 deathsOrange County: 51,124 cases, 1,105 deathsSan Bernardino County: 50,978, 835 deathsRiverside County: 55,986 cases, 1,125 deathsVentura County: 11,693 cases, 138 deathsWEDNESDAY'S UPDATE: Sept. 16, 2020Downward trends in coronavirus cases and testing- positivity rates could allow Los Angeles County to move into the next tier of the state's economic-reopening matrix by sometime in October, the public healthdirector said, but pending Labor Day numbers could potentially thwart that move.The county is in the most restrictive, or "purple,'' level of the state's four-tier virus-tracking roadmap. The county already has a low enough seven-day average testing positivity rate -- around 3.2% -- to move to a less-restrictive tier, but average new case numbers are still too high, currently averaging 8.1 cases per 100,000 residents. The state threshold for advancing to the "red'' tier is seven cases per 100,000.But public health director Barbara Ferrer said...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) – Santa Clara County was among a handful of others across the state Tuesday to move into a less restrictive tier in the state’s reopening plan amid the pandemic. “Under the Red Tier, a number of sectors can open under the state order,” said County Counsel James Williams. Williams said the most restrictive orders between the county and state would apply, which in this case is Santa Clara County, and that the county’s risk reduction plan for reopening would need to be followed. The county gave the green light for fitness studios, gyms, indoor personal care services, museums, zoos and aquariums to open with modifications. Movie theaters, places of worship and indoor dining is not allowed. Schools can reopen if the county remains in the red tier for 14 days. But on Tuesday evening, a group of parents, teachers and students rallied at a busy intersection...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay...
    SANTA CLARA COUNTY (CBS SF) — County health officials in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties on Tuesday confirmed that both regions have moved into the state’s Red Tier for COVID-19 spread risk according to California’s new four-tier coronavirus system. While counties assigned to the Red Tier are still experiencing “substantial spread” of COVID-19, the state’s framework allows counties moving from the Purple to Red Tier to reopen indoor operations at some additional businesses and allows certain activities to resume, as long as appropriate protocols and protective measures are in place and strictly followed. The following businesses and activities are now allowed to resume under the state’s framework as well as the county’s Risk Reduction Order: Personal care services: allowed to open indoors with modifications Museums, zoos, aquariums: allowed to open indoors at 25% capacity Gyms and fitness centers: allowed to open indoors at 10% capacity Shopping malls:...
    Santa Clara and Santa Cruz are among five counties in California that will be allowed to ease some coronavirus restrictions, Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly announced Tuesday. The state moved the two counties — along with Amador, Orange and Placer counties — from the most restrictive purple tier to the red tier, meaning the counties have met benchmarks for new cases and positive testing rates. In the red tier, counties can allow more businesses, like aquariums, to operate indoors and businesses that were already allowed to serve customers indoors, such as retail, can increase indoor capacity. However, counties can implement stricter rules than the state. For instance, San Francisco, in the red tier, has not permitted indoor salon operations despite the fact that the state’s tier system permits them. Santa Clara said it would allow personal care services to open indoors with modifications, along with museums, zoos, aquariums, gyms...
    Click here if viewing from a mobile device. Santa Clara County answers questions about what businesses will be allowed to open if the county moves to California’s red tier risk level at 1:15 PT. Related Articles Krugman: America’s gross domestic misery is on the rise Watch: California Gov. Gavin Newsom on state’s response to wildfires and coronavirus pandemic, Sep. 8 Coronavirus: California has cut three key metrics by half or more COVID Sports Daily: College football kicks off but faces postponements; NBA to allow coaches’ bubble guests When it comes to Covid-19 test results, some Pac-12 teams prefer the ‘Cone of Silence’
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA WATCH LIST: California counties where COVID-19 is getting worse COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County Tuesday moved from the state’s purple to red tier, allowing many businesses and churches to reopen at a reduced capacity. Dr. Clayton Chau, the county’s chief health officer and director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, is expected to issue a new health order later in the day that spells out the details of how businesses can reopen, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said. “We knew we had already met those metrics,” Bartlett said. The supervisor added that she spent time over the holiday weekend helping businesses prepare for reopening. “I contacted a lot of businesses over Labor Day weekend to get them prepared to rehire staff and getting tables sanitized and (personal protective equipment) in place to pull the trigger when we open today in the red tier,” she said. Under the red tier of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s four-tier Blueprint for a...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) – New health orders are expected to take effect in Santa Clara County Tuesday that could ease the region from the ‘Purple Tier’ to the ‘Red Tier’ in the state’s new four-tier, color-coded ranking system for tracking the spread of coronavirus. A red designation would allow nail salons to open indoors at a limited capacity. “Until now, we don’t know when we can be able to work inside the shop. So it’s not fair for the clients, and it’s not fair for us too,” said Kimmy Nguyen, a San Jose nail technician. Nail salons were allowed to briefly reopen in July but were shut down again by health officials after just two days. Then, hair styling was allowed to re-open inside last week, but nail technicians were still shut out in brutal conditions. “They have to deal with the weather, hot, dust, noisy. The clients are looking...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported 113 new cases of COVID-19 but no additional deaths Monday as hospitalizations decreased. To date, the county has reported 49,845 cases and 1,053 fatalities since the pandemic began. Due to reporting lags, case numbers are typically lower over the weekend but Monday’s relatively low numbers are another encouraging sign as the county hopes to move up from the purple to the red tier of the state’s monitoring system by Tuesday. Orange County has met the state’s metrics for at least two weeks. The county’s new case rate per 100,000 residents over seven days is 5.6. To move to the next tier, the county has to be between 4 and 7. Hospitalizations also continued to decline, dropping from 253 on Sunday to 238 Monday. Of those hospitalized, 75 patients were in intensive care down from 77 the day prior. The rate of...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County health officials reported another 24 coronavirus-related deaths Friday, along with 313 new confirmed cases, but the county still appears on track to reach the next level of the state’s tiered economic-recovery roadmap. To date, the county has reported 1,042 fatalities and a total of 49,258 cases since the pandemic began. Of the deaths reported Friday, seven were skilled nursing facility residents, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Hospitalizations in the county continued to drop Friday down to 264 from 272 the day prior. The number of people in intensive care also fell from 79 to 77. The county now meets all of the state’s metrics to move out of the purple tier, the worst level, and up to the red tier. Individual counties must meet state standards for new cases per 100,000 residents and testing-positivity rates, both over a seven-day average, to...
    ORANGE, Calif. (KABC) -- Orange County is on the right track. That was the message coming out of Thursday's COVID-19 briefing."Orange County is currently in a blended purple-red tier, and with our numbers trending in the right direction. It is on track to transition to the red tier on September 8th, 2020. Counties must remain at each tier for a minimum of 21 days," said Dr. Margaret Bredehoft with Orange County Health Care AgencyFor schools, this could mean permission to re-open in-person teaching by Sept. 22. That's if the county's positive cases per 100,000 and testing positivity percent remain within the threshold of the red tier for 14 consecutive days.But not all school districts have testing rates as low as the rest of the county.In parts of Anaheim and Santa Ana for example, the testing positivity percent is four times higher than the rest of Orange County."Schools are not forced...
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Orange County officials reported 19 more people have succumbed to COVID-19 and 317 additional cases of coronavirus. To date, the county has reported over 1,007 deaths and 49,142 total cases. Of the deaths reported Wednesday, seven were skilled nursing facility residents. Since the pandemic began, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 379 skilled nursing facility residents and 67 assisted living facility residents. Despite the grim milestone, the county’s overall metrics are trending positively, with the county now meeting all of the standards to move up into the red tier. The county currently falls within the state’s “purple tier,” but is on the verge of being upgraded to the next tier — red. Tuesday would have marked the county’s 10th day off the state’s monitoring list. “Our numbers meet the criteria for moving from the purple tier to the red tier,” said Orange County CEO Frank Kim....
    California Governor Galvin Newsom unveiled a new online color-coded map that will track when indoor businesses such as restaurants and movie theaters can re-open based on the county-by-county numbers of new coronavirus cases and positive test results. The guidelines go into effect on August 31, the Sacramento Bee reported. Currently, 38 out of 58 counties are in the purple or the “widespread” tier. There are also nine counties in the “Red” or “substantial” disease spread category According to the new rules, each county can only move down to a less restrictive tier if there is a decrease in COVID-19 numbers. NEW: California is launching a Blueprint for a Safer Economy. It’s simple. Your county will be assigned a color based on:– Case rate– Positivity rate Your color determines how businesses can operate in your county. Find your color & what’s open ➡️ https://t.co/xtXFwVeWc2 pic.twitter.com/fFXR7rbtU1 — Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August...
    California Governor Galvin Newsom unveiled a new online color-coded map that will track when indoor businesses such as restaurants and movie theaters can re-open based on the county-by-county numbers of new coronavirus cases and positive test results. The guidelines go into effect on August 31, the Sacramento Bee reported. Currently, 38 out of 58 counties are in the purple or the “widespread” tier. There are also nine counties in the “Red” or “substantial” disease spread category According to the new rules, each county can only move down to a less restrictive tier if there is a decrease in COVID-19 numbers. NEW: California is launching a Blueprint for a Safer Economy. It’s simple. Your county will be assigned a color based on:– Case rate– Positivity rate Your color determines how businesses can operate in your county. Find your color & what’s open ➡️ https://t.co/xtXFwVeWc2 pic.twitter.com/fFXR7rbtU1 — Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 28,...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday unveiled a new system to track the coronavirus in California,revamping the state’s watchlist for its 58 counties into a color-coded on-ramp to reopening. The new system focuses on rates for new cases and positive tests and requires counties to meet certain thresholds for a minimum of three weeks before moving from purple, to red, to orange and then yellow. There is no green level, Newsom said, “We don’t put up green, because we don’t believe there’s a green light that says go back to the way things were.” And there is also an “emergency brake” in case other markers the stat had tracked on an old county watch list, like hospitalizations, go up significantly. “We’re going to be more stubborn this time,” Newsom said. The state will begin using the new system on Monday but is already featuring a color-coded map on its website at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/...
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