On Tuesday, April 13, Inyo County was officially placed in the less restrictive Red Tier, Substantial category, just in time for the Trout Opener on the last weekend of the month. No more Purple Tier, thank you very much! They will now be able to reopen more types of businesses at greater capacity.
There has been a dramatic drop in the numbers of Californians being infected with the coronavirus as more residents get their COVID-19 vaccinations. As of yesterday 23,243,392, vaccine shots have been given. Masking and vaccinations will continue. Hospitalization rates must stay low and vaccination availability high for the state to fully reopen.
According to the Los Angeles Times and the Daily News, the metrics used to sort the counties are changing as more Californians living in areas hard-hit by the coronavirus have been inoculated, currently sitting at over 4 million. After reaching 4 million doses last week, the state rewrote the blueprint yet again, relaxing the criteria to move into the orange tier from a requirement of under 4 new cases per day per 100,0000 residents to under 6; and raised the allowable ceiling for entering the yellow tier to an adjusted daily new case rate below 2 per 100,000 people, up from the old requirement of less than 1.
The changes triggered a wave of reopening, as dozens of counties were cleared to more rapidly progress into less-restrictive tiers. The last remaining Purple Tier county is Merced, and it is close to finally getting out of it with a case rate of 10.1 (per one-hundred thousand), which was what happened recently with Inyo County.
On June 15, the state plans to remove it reopening the economy road map and set that date as the target for full resumption of economic activity after more than a year of coronavirus-related closures.
California will open statewide vaccine access to residents 16 and older starting on Thursday, April 15.
California have administered 23 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, and 38.8% of residents have received at least one shot, according to the CDC. Of those, approximately 875,000 Johnson & Johnson doses have been administered according to the CDC. President Joe Biden has publicly said that, despite the pause in the J&J vaccine, there is enough vaccine available for every American.