Shasta County Supervisors discuss leaving state’s tier system

Shasta County is getting closer to deciding on whether to back out of the state's Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier system.

Posted: Mar 18, 2021 6:29 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - On Tuesday, the Shasta County Board Supervisors discussed leaving the state's coronavirus tier system.

In exchange, the county would form its own regulations.

While nothing is confirmed, Shasta County would be the first of its kind to take action.

Supervisor Patrick Jones said it’s about time.

"We believe that the numbers clearly show that we can open fully,” Jones said. “People at risk that have underlying conditions need to stay home and take precautions because it is a serious disease. However, for the rest of the people, they should be back at work and kids should be back in school."

But, if they leave, what would this local control look like?

"When we have an outbreak at a particular location, then a quarantine can exist until it is lifted and can be sanitized and can then reopen. But, we don't have to do a blanket shutdown," Jones said.

Shasta County Health Program Manager Kerri Schutte said state enforcement agencies like Cal OSHA will continue doing their job regardless of what the county decides.

“We as public health do not have the authority to override state requirements or to otherwise allow anything that is less restrictive than the state requirements," Schutte said. "So, if the board were to make a statement about the state's tier system, it would not change the fact that those requirements are still in place."

Local Melissa Davidson agrees with Jones.

“I think the county should take over," Davidson said. "I think it should go county to county personally. I think it's really refreshing to see people without masks on outside."

Action News Now did reach out to the state’s public health department about this potential change and have yet to hear back.

The board is planning on discussing the county's path moving forward next week on Tuesday.

To watch the meeting online, click here.

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