On 9/8, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the latest assessment of Monterey County’s status under the new Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Blueprint uses a Tier Framework, which replaces the previous County Data Monitoring metrics. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its adjusted COVID-19 case rate and test positivity rate. Counties with testing rates greater than the state average testing rate have their case rates adjusted downward, while counties with testing volumes less than the state average have their case rates adjusted upward.
CDPH’s most recent assessment places Monterey County in Tier I, also referred to as the Purple Tier, which has the most restrictions on business sectors. Monterey County must meet Tier II (Red) case rate and test positivity rate criteria for 2 consecutive weeks to move to the Red Tier. Although Monterey County currently does not meet the criteria to move to the Red Tier, Monterey County’s case rate has declined since the Tier Framework was first introduced in August. The County’s case rate for the week of August 11th was 20.7 per 100,000 residents. The County’s newest adjusted case rate for the week of August 25th is 15.9. The County’s testing positivity rate has also declined from 12.5% to 9.9%.
“Ongoing efforts of Monterey County businesses and residents to reduce transmission of COVID-19 will help lead us closer to Tier II, which would loosen restrictions on activities,” states Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer and Director of Public Health.
Health officials stress the importance of continuing to wear face coverings in public, practice distancing, wash hands frequently, and stay home if sick or exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
Read the full Monterey County Press Release HERE.