San Diego on verge of orange tier ahead of state update

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UPDATE: San Diego County to move into less-restrictive orange tier Wednesday

SAN DIEGO — San Diego County is on the verge of the orange tier with the state slated to update tier assignments Tuesday.

Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher told FOX 5 Tuesday morning that he’s highly confident the county will move into the orange tier over the next 24-48 hours.

San Diego County is currently in the red tier on the state’s coronavirus reopening system with a state-calculated, adjusted case rate of 4.9 cases per 100,000 residents. The county’s testing positivity percentage is 2.1% and the health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 2.7%, two scores that qualify San Diego County for the orange tier.

While two of the three metrics place the county in the orange tier, the state assigns counties to the more restrictive tier. The California Department of Public Health assesses counties on a weekly basis with the next report scheduled for April 6.

Gov. Gavin Newsom could announce new thresholds for moving tiers Tuesday as the state reaches 4 million vaccine doses administered in hard-hit communities. The milestone could be reached as soon as Tuesday.

Newsom’s office plans to give an update on the state’s plan to fully reopen at 11 a.m.

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