County in yellow, reopening level by the end of the month – Deadline

“I hope we continue to see a decrease in cases and qualify for the yellow level in three weeks,” Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said on Monday.

As the fidgetcube indicated on Friday, California is on track to meet a vaccination measure this week that will lower thresholds for counties to move to less restrictive levels in the state’s reopening levels. When this happens, the key condition for moving from orange level to yellow level will be alleviated. Instead of needing just one new daily case of Covid-19 per 100,000 people, counties can reach up to 2 new cases per 100,000 people.

See the table below for a breakdown of the relaxed level thresholds. LA County already meets the other two yellow level requirements – positive tests countywide and positive tests in the lower quartile. Los Angeles County’s rate of new cases last week was 3.1 per 100,000 people. Orange County’s case rate as of Friday was 2.8 per 100,000.

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Graph showing CA vaccine levels after 4 million vaccinations in the lowest economic quartile
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Ferrer has often been more cautious than his peers in other counties in California when it comes to reopening. While Orange County health experts cleared that area to switch to Red last month, as soon as the county was eligible, Ferrer kept Los Angeles in the most restrictive purple level for an additional five days in order to s ‘ensure health officials had seen three weeks of data – a period consistent with recommendations related to the life cycle of Covid-19 infections.

And there are reasons for caution, as cases nationwide are on the rise for the first time in weeks and California is seeing worrying variants – like the ‘double mutant’ detected over the weekend – spreading across the country. within its borders.

As a result, Los Angeles once again fell behind Orange County last week in switching from red to orange, but Ferrer announced on Monday that the region had officially made the move.

“We haven’t seen any increase in the reopening of the red level,” she said. “In general, the state has always indicated that it expects counties to stay for three weeks in one level before qualifying for a new level.”

The upgrade to Orange means that local cinemas can reach 50% of their capacity or 200 spectators, whichever is less. Some Angelenos are already anticipating the next jump as the numbers continue to improve.

“I don’t think we will qualify to go to the yellow level this week,” Ferrer continued, before noting that it takes two straight weeks of downsizing to officially qualify for a level. “Which means we will probably be in the Orange level within the next three weeks.”

Even so, if Los Angeles and Orange Counties soon enter the yellow quadrant of state guidelines, it would make the difference between reopening at 25% and 35% of Disneyland’s capacity when the park opens on April 30. The same goes for Magic Mountain and Universal Studios Hollywood, which will both be open before that date, but would surely welcome the increase in attendance.

To get a feel for the impact of the change from orange to yellow on industries like concerts, sporting events, and movie premieres, check out the charts below.

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