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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Four counties in the North State have moved into the most restrictive tier of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
As of Monday morning, Butte, Trinity, Glenn, and Siskiyou counties have been placed into the state's most restrictive purple tier, according to the state's website. Gov. Newsom said there is now a total of 41 counties in the purple tier. Last week, there were only 13 counties in the purple tier.
Current tier assignments as of November 16, 2020
“We are sounding the alarm,” Newsom said in a statement. “California is experiencing the fastest increase in cases we have seen yet — faster than what we experienced at the outset of the pandemic or even this summer. The spread of COVID-19, if left unchecked, could quickly overwhelm our health care system and lead to catastrophic outcomes.”
Butte County Public Health Department said in a press conference, schools that were already open may remain open in the purple tier. But they cannot expand their classroom sizes or add students.
Trinity County Public Health said it has moved to the purple tier due to rising test positivity rates. Trinity County's current test positivity rate is 10.3% of the 427 tests completed over the past two weeks. Health officials said this is an indication of expanding community spread of the virus.
Gov. Gavin Newsom provided an update Monday at noon on the state's response to the coronavirus. Click Here to watch.
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To learn what is allowed in each tier of the state's color-coded system, view the PDF below.