In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, California on Aug. 31 released the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on business, health and recreational activities at the county level. The new system replaces the County Data Monitoring List. Under the Blueprint, each county is assigned to one of four tiers based on the rate of new cases and test positivity rate (percentage of tests that return a positive result). Counties must remain in a tier for at least three weeks, and to move to a less restrictive tier, must meet that tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, a county will be assigned to a more restrictive tier. ..
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