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Solano is the only Bay Area county still stuck in the red tier. Here’s what’s holding it back

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In recent months, coronavirus case rates have plummeted in much of the Bay Area. Most of the region’s counties are now in California’s “moderate” orange reopening tier, which allows for loosened restrictions, and San Francisco moved to the least restrictive yellow tier on Tuesday.

But Solano County, which has continued to struggle with higher case rates than the rest of the Bay Area, is still stuck in the red tier — the second-most-restrictive in the four-tier system.

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Coronavirus: Solano County returns to red tier

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With Solano County moving into the less-restrictive red tier today, the Solano Town Center will be able to increase the number of shoppers who enter the mall from 25 percent to 50 percent capacity. (Joel Rosenbaum -- The Reporter)

Solano County is seeing red again.

After four months of being relegated to California’s most restrictive purple tier to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases that were increasing at the time, the California Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that Solano will return to the less-restrictive red tier.

The new tier will go into effect Wednesday, allowing more businesses and activities to reopen or expand their capacity.

Back in September, Solano was permitted to move into the red tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, although it was moved back to the purple tier in November because of a spike in COVID cases at the time. Now that it is back in the red tier, certain sectors can resume indoor operations or increase their capacity, although all businesses must still apply to state guidelines.

“The declining number of cases is great news for our community as a whole, with local businesses now able to expand operations,” Dr. Bela T. Matyas, Solano’s public health officer, said in a statement. “However, it is still critical for everyone to continue to practice health and safety measures.

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Health officer says Solano County could move to red tier as soon as next week

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Solano County could join a handful of other Bay Area counties outside the state’s most-restrictive coronavirus pandemic tier as early as next week, the county’s health officer said Tuesday.

Speaking to the county’s Board of Supervisors, Dr. Bela Matyas said the test positivity rate in the county’s census tracts that have been most affected by the pandemic have dipped low enough, as measured by the state’s California Healthy Places Index, for the county to be eligible to move into the red tier as soon as next Tuesday.

Solano County’s overall test positivity rate has dipped to 2.6 percent, according to state public health data, while the county is averaging nearly 8 new COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000 residents.

The county could also qualify for the red tier with a case rate below seven per 100,000 residents and an overall positivity rate below 8 percent.
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