While initial data was trending towards Mono County being allowed to advance to the less restrictive Tier 2, Substantial (Red), of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, county metrics for the week ending February 27, 2021 exceeded the State’s positivity rate threshold (7.0) by 0.2, restricting movement within the Blueprint. Currently, Mono County remains in the most restrictive Tier 1, Widespread (Purple) of the Blueprint, despite the overwhelming progress on decreasing testing positivity rates and high rates of COVID-19 immunization.
Mono County still leads the state in the number of vaccine doses administered by the recipient’s county of residence. As of March 8, Mono County has received 11,189 doses and has fully vaccinated 4,257 Mono County residents.
While Mono County is unable to advance today, recent changes from the State may allow for movement to the Red Tier. On March 4, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy was updated to reflect full swing vaccination efforts in California with the goal of achieving community immunity.
Once the State has administered two million vaccine doses in community’s disproportionately impacted by this pandemic (Vaccine Equity Quartile), the Purple (Widespread) tier will shift from greater than 7 cases per 100,000 to greater than 10 cases per 100,000; and the Red (Substantial) tier will be widened to 4-10 cases per 100,000. The day a Vaccine Equity Metric goal has been met, tier assignments will be revised to reflect the shift in Blueprint tier thresholds shifts and announced the following day. That would mean that once the two million metric is achieved, Mono County would become immediately eligible to advance to the Red Tier.
Additional information regarding the Blueprint for a Safer Economy is available online: https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap-counties/ or by visiting the Mono County COVID-19 Portal in English: MonoHealth.com/Coronavirus or Spanish:s-e https://monohealth.com/coronavirus.