Santa Barbara County Reaches Orange Tier
By edhat staff
As of Tuesday, Santa Barbara County is officially inducted into the state's orange tier allowing more businesses to open.
With an adjusted case rate of 4.5 per 100,000, a 1.8% positivity rate, and a 1.7% health equity positivity rate, the county joins the rest of Southern California in the orange. The only nearby county to be stuck in the red tier is San Luis Obispo.
The county's case rate has been under 6 cases per every 100,000 residents for the last two weeks. To qualify for the Orange Tier, a region must have a case rate between 2 and 5.9 cases per every 100,000 residents.
With this new designation, all retail can open at 100% capacity, dining/museums/zoos/movie theatres can open at 50% indoor capacity, and gyms and fitness centers can increase to 25% indoor capacity.
Gathering restrictions are also less stringent with private outdoor events increasing to 100 people, or 150 people indoor with proof of negative COVID-19 tests/vaccinations, or 300 people outdoors with proof of vaccination/negative test results. Public events can be outdoor up to 50 people and indoor gatherings are ok with 25 people.
Public Health Director Dr. Van Do-Reynoso stated the number of active cases decreased by 21% in the first two weeks of April. The biggest decrease came from Santa Maria while Goleta and Santa Ynez have remained flat.
"We have made significant progress in lowering our local case rate," states Dr. Henning Ansorg, Health Officer for Santa Barbara County. "Every member of our community plays an important role in helping us achieve and continue to enjoy the benefits of loosening restrictions. We must continue to be mindful of safety practices including wearing masks, physically distancing, washing hands and getting vaccinated as soon as possible."
More information can be found at publichealthsbc.org.