Yolo remains at purple Tier 1 in state county status update

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Yolo County remained solidly in the state’s purple Tier 1 with widespread COVID-19 activity on Tuesday when the state updated the status of counties throughout the state.

Five counties — Amador, Placer, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Orange — did make the move to Tier 2 on Tuesday but Yolo remains one of 33 counties still in the top tier where business and school activities are most restricted.

Moving to Tier 2 would allow a number of businesses, including gyms, libraries, nail salons, movie theaters and places of worship to reopen, albeit with restrictions on the number of people allowed in at a time.

Restaurants could also resume indoor dining with a maximum capacity of 25 percent or 100 people, whichever is fewer, and schools could resume in-person instruction.

But to move to Tier 2, Yolo County needs to go at least two weeks with a daily new case rate below 7 and a test positivity rate below 8 percent.

However, the county’s daily new case rate went in the wrong direction over the last week, jumping to 9.4 from the 7.3 previously calculated by the state. Yolo County’s test positivity rate remains below 8 percent according to the state’s calculations but has been steadily rising according to county data.

Meanwhile, the impact of Labor Day weekend remains to be seen.

“Three-day holiday weekends have not been advantageous in terms of the mitigation of the spread of this virus,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom during his Tuesday briefing.

Newsom noted the surges in cases that followed previous holiday weekends such as Memorial Day and 4th of July and said, “as a consequence, we are very cautious in terms of our approach as we move forward.”

Heading into the Labor Day weekend, Yolo County’s numbers had been increasing and continued to do so over the weekend. In the last seven days, the county has reported 126 new cases of the novel coronavirus along with 11 new hospitalizations and one death. Any spike in cases from Labor Day weekend gatherings would likely be seen in the next two to three weeks while increases in hospitalizations and deaths would lag well beyond that.

As of Tuesday, the city of Winters has seen a total of 110 cases of COVID-19. Twenty three of those cases were in individuals under age 24, and 28 were in individuals ages 25 to 34.

The number of cases among children and young adults in Yolo County has been growing.

Countywide, 252 children between the ages of 0-17 have tested positive for COVID-19 as have 372 individuals between the ages of 18 and 24.

Concerns remain that those numbers will continue to rise as UC Davis students return for the start of the fall semester and elementary schools are granted waivers to reopen for in-person instruction as well.

As of Tuesday, four schools in Yolo County have been granted waivers to resume in-person instruction for students in grades K-6: Woodland Christian School, Peregrine School, Davis Waldorf School and Grace Valley Christian Academy.

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