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Yolo County failed to meet the metrics needed for the least-restrictive yellow tier in the state’s color-coded COVID-19 blueprint this week and will remain in the orange tier until June 15, when all COVID-19 restrictions on businesses and activities are expected to be lifted statewide. By then, the county will have spent nearly three months in the orange tier, where virus activity is considered moderate but capacity restrictions are still in place. For the second week in a row, Yolo County met two of the three yellow tier metrics — adjusted case rate and countywide test positivity rate — but exceeded the health equity quartile metric, which measures test positivity in the county’s most disadvantaged communities. Overall the county’s numbers differed very little from the previous week. The adjusted case rate reported by the state on Tuesday was 1.6 per 100,000 residents — the same as the week prior — and the countywide test positivity rate rose slightly from 0.3 percent to 0.4 percent. The health equity quartile rate improved from 2.7 percent to 2.4 percent but still exceeds the 2 percent threshold for the yellow tier. Several other counties made the move to yellow this week, including Marin, Monterey and Ventura. Statewide, 19 counties are in the yellow tier and 35 in orange. All of Yolo County’s neighbors are now orange, with Sacramento and Solano finally making the move from the red tier this week. Vaccine Clinic dates Yolo County has four COVID-19 vaccine clinics scheduled for this week. Two are in Woodland, one in Clarksburg and the fourth in Esparto. Three of the four are open to the public with no appointments needed. Information as follows: * Thursday, June 3: a first-dose, drive-thru clinic will be held at the Health and Human Services Agency, 137 N Cottonwood, in Woodland from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. * Friday, June 4: a first-dose clinic will be held at Clarksburg Community Church from 5 to 7 p.m. Both the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. * Saturday, June 5: a first-dose, drive-thru clinic will be held at Esparto Elementary School from 10 a.m. to noon. Only the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be available. A fourth clinic will be held Friday at Woodland High School for students and their families in the Woodland Joint Unified School District. For more vaccine options, check MyTurn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255. Youth Vaccine Forum The Yolo County Office of Education and the county’s public health department will co-host an online “Youth Vaccine Forum” on Thursday, June 3 beginning at 6 p.m. Parents, guardians and youth are invited to hear from and ask questions of a panel of local doctors, including Yolo County Health Officer Dr. Aimee Sisson, who will discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, the benefits of being vaccinated, side effects and common myths. To participate, visit the office of education’s Facebook page at facebook.com/YoloCOE or log on to zoom at http://bit.ly/YCOEYouthWebinar.

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