In May of 2020, the State Public Health Officer issued a local variance opportunity to counties, through a process of self-attestation, to meet a set of criteria related to county disease prevalence and preparedness. This 'COVID-19 County Variance Form' to move more quickly through Stage 2. Note that counties desiring to be stricter or move at a pace less rapid than the state did not need a variance.
This document showed how a county would prepare and modify their response according to criteria set by the state, including:
- Epidemiological stability
- Protection of Stage 1 essential workers
- Testing capacity
- Containment capacity
- Hospital capacity
- Vulnerable populations
To read more about the attestation process and its criteria, including which counties have been approved, click here.
STATE'S COUNTY DATA MONITORING
After the attestation process, the State began 'County Data Monitoring' on June 5 using a series of metrics to identify any emerging areas of concern related to COVID-19. These metrics were slightly different than those set in the attestation criteria to gauge whether counties were able to manage surges or areas of concern in regards to COVID-19 after re-opening certain sectors of the economy.
The criteria the state would be monitoring include:
- Elevated disease transmission
- Increasing hospitalizations
- Limited hospital capacity
Counties that meet at least one of these criteria are placed on the 'State’s County Data Monitoring List' (List) which results in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reaching out to provide the county with technical assistance and support.
When a county is placed on the List, the CDPH will begin to work with the local health department to set up strategy calls and provide technical assistance. This includes identifying the drivers of the increase in cases, reviewing plans and protocols, assessing gaps and needs, and determining any additional steps or interventions that may be needed. The State will then continue to work with the county and monitor local data to ensure improvement over a 14-day period. If insufficient progress is seen over that time, then the State recommends the county to consider re-instituting some limitation on activities, such as its July 1st order to close select indoor sectors for counties on the County Monitoring List.
To read more about County Data Monitoring in general, click here.
To read more about the criteria in County Data Monitoring, click here.
Due to rising increases in confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases over the past two weeks, Yolo County is likely to exceed the elevated disease transmission criteria on the State of California’s County Data Monitoring. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and align with surrounding counties, Yolo County will pre-emptively close the same sectors that the State has required counties on the List to close effective July 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. for a minimum of three weeks:
- All alcohol only bars and breweries (indoor and outdoor)
- Indoor dine-in restaurants
- Indoor wineries and tasting rooms
- Indoor family entertainment centers
- Indoor movie theaters
- Indoor zoos and museums
- Indoor cardrooms (except for those on tribal land)
Out of the three criteria to be placed on the State's List, Yolo County is closest to exceeding elevated disease transmission. Counties are flagged for elevated disease transmission criteria if they meet one of the following two metrics:
- Case rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period
- Case rate of more than 25 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period AND a testing positivity rate of greater than 8% of test results over a 7-day period.
As of July 1, Yolo County has a case rate of 87 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period and a test positivity rate of 7.1%.
A number of the recent, local cases have been attributed to social gatherings and a lack of social distancing. This increase in confirmed cases due to social gatherings and the lack of social distancing is happening throughout the region and in surrounding counties as well. Communities and residents are being asked to continue to social distance and wear a face covering, including around family members and friends from other households.
To read the County's press release on the closure of select sectors, click here.