Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Health Officials Urge Residents Over 16 To Get Vaccinated For Positive Trends Against COVID-19 To Continue
The State of California announced today that Contra Costa County will be able to move to Orange’s least restrictive tier of the Safer Economy State Plan on Wednesday, April 7.
Contra Costa County currently has a COVID case rate of 4.9 cases per 100,000 people and an overall test positivity rate of 1.8% (and 3% for the health equity metric). COVID-related hospitalizations have dropped to their lowest point since October. Meanwhile, nearly 500,000 county residents are at least partially vaccinated.
It has been five months since the county was last qualified for the Orange Level.
“This is great news for our community,” said Diane Burgis, president of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. “The last few months have been difficult for everyone and it is good to see us advance further in the fight against COVID.”
Contra Costa health officer Dr. Chris Farnitano said people shouldn’t let their guard down just yet. He noted that case rates have recently stalled, suggesting a slowdown in the recovery. “We are still in a pandemic and people should continue to act accordingly: keep wearing masks in public and get vaccinated as soon as possible. I still highly recommend that people avoid most indoor activities with people outside their home until they are fully vaccinated, ”said Dr. Farnitano.
Last week, Contra Costa extended vaccine eligibility to all people over the age of 16 who live, work or go to school in the county. Currently, 16-49 year olds should schedule appointments through Contra Costa Health Services at cchealth.org/coronavirus or by calling 833-829-2626. Other healthcare providers, including the state’s MyTurn system, do not yet offer vaccinations to people under 50 years of age.
Starting Wednesday, April 7, various business sectors and community services can reopen or expand their capacity:
- Amusement Parks: Total park capacity and indoor capacity will be limited to 25%, including indoor dining.
- Bars: Exteriors with modifications; no need to serve meals
- Breweries, distilleries and wineries: indoors at 25% of maximum capacity or 100 people, whichever is less; no need to serve meals
- Family entertainment centers: indoors for activities at natural distances such as bowling, escape rooms and billiards; 25% of maximum capacity
- Gyms, fitness centers and studios (even in hotels): 25% of maximum capacity and indoor pools are allowed; Indoor hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms remain closed
- Cinemas: 50% of maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is less recommended
- Outdoor sports and live performances with fans / attendees – up to 33% and with advance reservation only. The concession sales will be made primarily at the seat (no forecourt sales). Indoor dining area capacity with designated seating will be limited to 25%. Attendance will be limited to state viewers and guests must attest that their reserved seats are for one household only.
- Places of worship: 50% of maximum capacity
- Restaurants: 50% of maximum capacity or 200 people, whichever is less
- Retail: Open inside with modifications and food courts are allowed with restrictions on eating inside
Contra Costa County must remain at the orange level for at least three weeks before moving to the next less restrictive yellow level.
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