By Tom Tapp
When Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced California’s new “simplified” coronavirus tiering system that indicates to what extent a county can reopen, there was one important aspect that received little to no attention.
Newsom said on Friday that the color-coded rankings would be predicated on two epidemiological measures: the number of cases per 100,000 residents and test positivity rates.
There also will be an “emergency brake” condition that can be employed if a county’s hospitalization numbers become worrisome.
NEW: California is launching a Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
Your county will be assigned a color based on:
– Case rate
– Positivity rate
Your color determines how businesses can operate in your county.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) August 28, 2020
But on Monday, at the tail end of a news conference, the state’s head of Health and Human Services, Dr. Mark Ghaly, explained that “health equity benchmarks” would be an important factor in determining county reopenings.
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