San Bernardino County one week from orange tier of coronavirus reopening plan

San Bernardino County one week from orange tier of coronavirus reopening plan

San Bernardino County is on track to move to the less-restrictive orange tier of the state’s reopening plan by next Tuesday, based on updated figures released Tuesday, March 30 — and it could happen even sooner.

The county entered the red tier March 14 and could meet the requirement of fewer than 4.0 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people as soon as Tuesday, April 6.

Alternatively, the county could qualify for reopening if 4 million doses of coronavirus vaccines are administered statewide in communities identified by state officials as socioeconomically disadvantaged. Once that threshold is hit, the criteria become less strict, and the county could enter the orange tier several days earlier.

San Bernardino County’s case rate when adjusted for the number of coronavirus tests is 3.8 per 100,000, while its test positivity rate is 2.1% and the rate in disadvantaged neighborhoods is 2.2% — both comfortably within the reopening requirements.

Once the county is in the orange tier, bars will be able to serve patrons outside; restaurants, museums, places of worship and movie theaters will be able to increase indoor capacity from 25% to 50%; and gyms and fitness centers can move from 10% to 25% capacity, among other changes.

The county confirmed 88 more coronavirus cases Tuesday and six more deaths, for a total of 4,000 COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

Hospitalizations continued to drop, with 117 patients in county hospitals with confirmed COVID-19, down 28.7% from a week earlier.

San Bernardino County also moved to seventh statewide in the number of people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, with Fresno County and Stanislaus County — which both have considerably smaller populations than San Bernardino County’s 2.2 million people — moving ahead of it. All of the counties with more COVID-19 hospitalizations than San Bernardino County also have more residents.

Here are the latest numbers as of Tuesday, according to county and state public health officials.

San Bernardino County

Confirmed cases: 290,803 total, up 88 from Monday, averaging 130 reported per day in the past week

Deaths: 4,000 total, up six from Monday, averaging 42.3 reported per day in the past week

Hospital survey: 117 confirmed and 13 suspected patients hospitalized Monday, including 33 confirmed and three suspected patients in the ICU, with 24 of 25 facilities reporting. The number of confirmed patients is down 28.7% from a week earlier.

Tests: 2,696,964 total, up 3,595 from Monday, averaging 6,769 reported per day in the past week

Resolved cases (estimate): 285,638 total, up 112 from Monday, averaging 109 per day in the past week

Vaccinations: San Bernardino County residents have received 689,159 vaccine doses, with 198,378 people partially vaccinated and 249,648 people fully vaccinated, as of Monday

Reopening plan tier: Red (substantial risk level; some nonessential indoor business operations are closed) based on these metrics as of Tuesday:

New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 3.8

Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 3.8

Test positivity rate: 2.1% (2.2% in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods)

What’s next: To advance to the orange tier and reopen more businesses, San Bernardino County would need an adjusted case rate below 4.0 and a positivity rate below 5.0% for the whole county and 5.3% in disadvantaged neighborhoods for two consecutive weeks, and to have been in the red tier for three weeks. If metrics get worse, it could move back into the more restrictive purple tier.

To see a map and list of cases, deaths and vaccinations by community, click here.

By RYAN HAGEN | rhagen@scng.com | The Sun
PUBLISHED: March 30, 2021 at 1:42 p.m. | UPDATED: March 30, 2021 at 5:18 p.m.

	
		

												
						
					
							
						
								
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