On November 4, Monterey County Health Department submitted a County Tier Adjudication Request to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Local information for the Blueprint assessment week ending October 24 showed a significant number of manually reported negative COVID-19 lab reports from residents of the 4th Quartile Healthy Places Index Census tracts were not included in CDPH’s calculation of the Equity metric. If the Request were approved, the missing negative labs would allow Monterey County to qualify for accelerated tier movement including one week’s credit toward moving toward Tier II (Red).
Today, CDPH informed Monterey County Health Officials that Monterey County’s County Tier Adjudication Request was denied. CDPH cited the need to validate laboratory reports through electronic reporting and confirm residential addresses in the health equity metric Census tracts. “While the decision is disappointing, CDPH’s ruling will not distract us from focusing on strategies to reduce COVID-19 transmission and improving Monterey County’s Blueprint metrics,” states Dr. Edward Moreno, Monterey County Health Officer and Director of Public Health.
Monterey County residents and businesses should continue to perform hand hygiene, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wear face coverings.
Monterey County’s County Tier Adjudication Request and CDPH’s subsequent written response are publicly available on CDPH’s website at: