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Riverside County Qualifies to Move to Red Tier

Wed, 10/03/2021 - 04:00

This week, Riverside County qualifies to advance to the next tier in the state’s reopening framework for the first time since late September. The accelerated progression is due to the low rate of positive tests in the county’s most disadvantaged communities.

The state requires meeting specified metrics for two weeks before entering the next reopening tier. Riverside County must continue to meet the current metrics or lower to officially move into the red tier on Wednesday (March 17).

It is not yet known if the governor’s anticipated change to the case rate threshold later this week will allow Riverside County to move into the red tier sooner than Wednesday.

Once the county is moved into the red tier, more businesses may resume indoor operations, including restaurants, movie theaters, museums, zoos, aquariums and gyms with specific capacity limitations.

This week, the county’s overall positivity rate is 4.1 percent, and the positivity rate in health equity is 4.2 percent. The adjusted number of new cases per 100,000 is 8.3.

Read more about the accelerated progression on CDPH’s website here: Scroll down to “Equity Metric” and read the second bullet.