California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

Understand your county’s status

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity, adjusted case rate, and health equity metric.

To reduce transmission in disproportionately impacted communities , the following is effective until further notice:

  • Tier assignments may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week when the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) determines that the most recent reliable data indicate that immediate action is needed to address COVID-19 transmission in a county.
  • Counties may be moved back more than one tier if CDPH determines that the data supports more intensive intervention. Key considerations will include the rate of increase in new cases and/or test positivity, more recent data as noted below, public health capacity, and other epidemiological factors.
  • The most recent reliable data will be used to complete the assessment.
  • In light of the extreme circumstances requiring immediate action, counties will be required to implement any sector changes the day following the tier announcement.
  • Full details on the Blueprint are available in CDPH’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework.

Reopening safely for all communities

COVID-19 has impacted some communities more than others. They face higher rates of infection and death. These include our Latino, Black, Pacific Islander, low income, and essential worker communities.

Health equity metric

Counties must address COVID-19 in all communities to open further, including making sure the positivity rate in certain neighborhoods (health equity metric) does not significantly lag behind overall county positivity rates. These efforts need cross-sector and broad partnerships to succeed. The health equity metric is only used to decide whether a county can move to a less restrictive tier. Learn more about this focus on equity.

Vaccine equity metric

Ending the COVID-19 pandemic quickly and effectively requires vaccinating those most at risk. To do so, we’re setting aside 40% of vaccines to distribute to the hardest-hit communities. This approach will help lower the rate of community infection, hospitalizations, and deaths, as well as reduce potential new variants that might emerge with each new case. This is the most equitable and impactful way to distribute our still-limited vaccine supply to end this pandemic.

We’ve set an immediate goal of reaching 2 million vaccine doses administered to the hardest-hit communities in the state, representing about 25% of eligible Californians. When these 2 million vaccine doses have been administered, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy tiers will be updated to allow for somewhat higher case rates. Learn more about these upcoming changes the CDPH’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework.

 

The positivity rate in the matrix above excludes people in state and federal prisons, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, US Marshal detention facilities, and Department of State Hospitals facilities.
*Small counties (those with a population less than 106,000) may be subject to alternate case assessment measures for purposes of tier assignment.
**Health equity metric is not applied for small counties. The health equity metric is used to move to a less restrictive tier.

 

Regional Stay Home Order

The CA Department of Public Health ended the Regional Stay Home Order across California. This action came as projected ICU availability rose above 15%. Counties have returned to their assigned Blueprint tiers and are urged to continue safe practices, avoiding crowds and wearing a mask when leaving home.

Current tier assignments as of March 2, 2021

Tier assignments may occur any day of the week and may occur more than once a week. Select a county to see what region it’s in.

All data and tier assignments are based on results from week ending February 20, 2021. See how tiers are assigned and changed, as well as county historical data (California Blueprint Data Chart), at CDPH’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework. Learn about regional ICU capacity at CDPH’s ICU Data.

Questions and answers

County risk level

Adjusted case rate*

7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases per 100K with 7-day lag, adjusted for number of tests performed

Positivity rate**

7-day average of all COVID-19 tests performed that are positive

Entire county

Health equity quartile

Widespread

Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed

Adjusted cases*

7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases per 100K with 7-day lag, adjusted for number of tests performed

More than 7.0

Daily new cases (per 100k)

Positivity rate**

7-day average of all COVID-19 tests performed that are positive

Entire county

More than 8.0%

Positive tests

Health equity quartile

Positive tests

Substantial

Some non-essential indoor business operations are closed

Adjusted cases*

7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases per 100K with 7-day lag, adjusted for number of tests performed

4.0 – 7.0

Daily new cases (per 100k)

Positivity rate**

7-day average of all COVID-19 tests performed that are positive

Entire county

5.0 – 8.0%

Positive tests

Health equity quartile

5.3 – 8.0%

Positive tests

Moderate

Some indoor business operations are open with modifications

Adjusted cases*

7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases per 100K with 7-day lag, adjusted for number of tests performed

1.0 – 3.9

Daily new cases (per 100k)

Positivity rate**

7-day average of all COVID-19 tests performed that are positive

Entire county

2.0 – 4.9%

Positive tests

Health equity quartile

2.2 – 5.2%

Positive tests

Minimal

Most indoor business operations are open with modifications

Adjusted cases*

7-day average of daily COVID-19 cases per 100K with 7-day lag, adjusted for number of tests performed

Less than 1.0

Daily new cases (per 100k)

Positivity rate**

7-day average of all COVID-19 tests performed that are positive

Entire county

Less than 2.0%

Positive tests

Health equity quartile

Less than 2.2%

Positive tests