Lassen County moves into Purple Tier

Lassen County has moved into the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy Purple Tier Tuesday, the most restrictive of the four tiers. The Purple Tier, considered as an area experiencing “widespread” COVID-19 infections, comes with some changes to non-essential indoor operations.

“With COVID-19 cases surging in California, the governor announced this week that Lassen County has moved backwards in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy reopening framework. Lassen County is now in the Purple Tier, with increased restrictions now in effect,” read a Tuesday statement from the Lassen County COVID-19 Incident Command.

Previously, Lassen County was ranked in the Orange, or moderate, tier. However, local cases both in the community and the local correctional institutions have been increasing.

As of today, Tuesday, Nov. 24, there are 194 active community cases, two hospitalized, two reported deaths and 177 recovered, for a total of 375 community cases, according to the Incident Command statement.

At the local correctional institutions, there are 713 active cases at HDSP, with four recovered, 28 active at CCC, and 626 recovered, and 15 active cases at FCI Herlong, with 12 recovered.

According to the California COVID-19 website, Lassen County has 20.4 cases per day per 100K and a 3.2 percent positivity rate.

With the move into the more restrictive tier, many non-essential indoor business operations are closed or are open with modifications.

For example, in the new tier there is a curfew advisory for residents — From 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. effective until Dec. 21 — dine-in restaurants can open outdoors with modifications and takeout/ delivery is allowed, places of worship can open outdoors with modifications, and retails stores (not including grocery stores) can open indoors with modifications and max 25 percent capacity.

For a full list of sectors and current industry guidance, visit the state’s website at https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy

Health and Social Services Director Barbara Longo is expected to discuss the tier change at tomorrow’s special Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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