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 and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.

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.

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.


*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.


Current tier assignments as of October 13, 2020

All data and tier assignments are updated weekly every Tuesday.

All data and tier assignments are based on results from week ending October 3, 2020. See how tiers are assigned and change, as well as county historical data (California Blueprint Data Chart), at the California Department of Public Health guidance page.


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


Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed

More than 7

Daily new cases (per 100k)

More than 8%

Positive tests


Some non-essential indoor business operations are closed


Daily new cases (per 100k)

5 – 8% and
5.3 – 8% health equity metric

Positive tests


Some indoor business operations are open with modifications

1 – 3.9

Daily new cases (per 100k)

2 – 4.9% and
2.2 – 5.2% health equity metric

Positive tests


Most indoor business operations are open with modifications

Less than 1

Daily new cases (per 100k)

Less than 2% and
Less than 2.2% health equity metric

Positive tests