A rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases recently prompted Sacramento County’s status change from Red to Purple in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy plan.
Sacramento County’s public health staff reported that as of Nov. 10, the county had 9.7 new daily cases per 100,000 residents and a 4.1% test positivity rate. The county experienced a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in comparison to Nov. 4 when the county reportedly had 7.8 new daily cases per 100,000 and a 3.4% positivity rate.
Since March, Sacramento County has 31,000 confirmed cases and 527 deaths, according to Sacramento County public health data. Galt had 792 cases and 8 deaths during that same period. Of the county’s confirmed cases, 25,600 are believed to be “likely recovered,” or 21 days have passed since those patients tested positive for COVID-19.
As of Nov. 16, the county had 177 COVID-positive patients in hospitals and 41 in intensive care units. Hospitalizations increased from Oct. 8 when the county had 85 hospitalized patients.
Under the county’s new public health order, school districts that have not yet reopened campuses must wait at least two weeks after Sacramento County returns to the Red Tier status before they can reopen for in-person instruction.
Sacramento County’s new public health order, that went into effect on Nov. 13, will require these businesses and attractions to only operate outdoors: family entertainment centers, gymnasiums and fitness centers, museums, recreation facilities, restaurants and wineries.
Bars and taprooms can serve customers outdoors as long as they also offer sit-down meals with drinks.
The following places can operate indoors as long as their capacity is kept to less than 25%: movie theaters, places of worship, libraries, shopping malls and all retail.
Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and personal care services can operate indoors as long as practices such as social distancing, face covering and sanitization are conducted.