Updates on Roadmap to Reopening
State Reopening Information
On December 30, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom released the State Safe Schools for All plan, California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in-person and to expand the number of schools safely resuming in-person instruction. Informed by growing evidence of the decreased risks and increased benefits of in-person instruction – especially for our youngest students – Governor Newsom is advancing a strategy that will help create safe learning environments for students and safe workplaces for educators and other school staff. The plan was developed in partnership with the Legislature, and the Governor will propose an early action package to ensure schools have the resources necessary to successfully implement key safety precautions and mitigation measures. Components of the plan will be launched in the coming weeks.
The Administration’s strategy focuses on ensuring implementation and building confidence by bringing back the youngest children (TK-2) and those who are most vulnerable first, then phasing in other grade levels through the spring. This phased-in return recognizes that younger children are at a lower risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19. At the same time, distance learning will remain an option for parents and students who choose it and for those whose health status does not allow them to return to school in the near term.
“California’s Safe Schools for All framework to safe reopening of in-person instruction is built on four pillars:
1) Funding to Support Safe Reopening: The Budget will propose for immediate action in January, $2 billion to support safety measures – including testing, ventilation and PPE – for schools that have resumed in-person instruction or phasing in of in-person instruction by early spring.
2) Safety & Mitigation Measures for Classrooms: To further ensure health and safety in the classroom, the Administration will support implementation of key health measures. This will include frequent testing for all students and staff, including weekly testing for communities with high rates of transmission; masks for all students and staff, including distribution of millions of surgical masks for school staff; improved coordination between school and health officials for contact tracing; and prioritization of school staff for vaccinations.
3) Hands-on Oversight & Assistance for Schools: Dr. Naomi Bardach, a UCSF pediatrician and expert on school safety, will lead the Safe Schools for All Team, a cross-agency team composed of dedicated staff from CDPH, Cal/OSHA, and educational agencies. The Team will provide hands-on support to help schools develop and implement their COVID-19 Safety Plans. These supports include school visits and walk-throughs as needed, webinars and training materials and ongoing technical assistance.
4) Transparency & Accountability for Families and Staff: A state dashboard will enable all Californians to see their school’s reopening status, level of available funding and data on school outbreaks. Additionally, a web-based “hotline” will empower school staff and parents to report concerns to the Safe Schools for All Team, which will lead to escalating levels of intervention beginning with technical assistance and ending with legal enforcement.”
For more information about the components, science, and rationale behind plan, please the plan at https://bit.ly/3aXfbpY.
Link to Order: https://bit.ly/38XNts7
Offering guidance for non-essential travel for individuals arriving in California from other states or Californians returning from other states or countries.
Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel:
– Individuals arriving in California including those from other states or countries and returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days and limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.
– Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission.
Please Note: Non-essential travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Essential travel includes work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
Link to Travel Advisory: https://bit.ly/2IAK5Zv
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, a statewide, stringent and slow plan for living with COVID-19 for the long haul. The plan imposes risk-based criteria on tightening and loosening COVID-19 allowable activities and expands the length of time between changes to assess how any movement affects the trajectory of the disease and will be effective on Aug 31, 2020.
Based on recent data, each county will fall into one of four colored tiers – Purple (Widespread), Red (Substantial), Orange (Moderate) and Yellow (Minimal) – based on how prevalent COVID-19 is in each county and the extent of community spread. That color will indicate how sectors can operate.
For example, in the Purple (Widespread) tier where the disease is widespread, restaurants can only operate outdoors. But once a county has achieved a lower level of disease transmission and moved into the Red (Substantial) tier, restaurants can operate with 25 percent capacity indoors or 100 patrons, whichever is fewer.
Counties must remain in every tier but purple for a minimum of 21 days before being eligible to move into the next tier. Each Tuesday, California will update each county’s data for the previous week and make corresponding changes to tiers. In order to move into a less restrictive tier, a county must meet that tier’s criteria for two straight weeks.
Conversely, counties that fail to meet the metrics for their current tier for two consecutive weeks must move to the next most restrictive tier. The plan also includes an “emergency brake” where the state can intervene more immediately for concerning factors like hospitalizations.
Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3jpP4J2
Link to Blueprint: https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/
Link to Blueprint Activity and Business Tiers: https://bit.ly/32zH4yu
As of today (07/17/2020), Governor Gavin Newsom announces his plan for learning and safe schools ahead of the 2020–2021 school year, as the California Department of Public Health issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction. The Governor’s plan centers on five key areas:
1) Safe in-person school based on local health data
2) Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school
3) Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations
4) Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools
5) Rigorous distance learning
Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/2WDK3DH
On April 6, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom outlined the state’s next step in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery, moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
“On June 15, California will fully open its economy if two criteria are met:
– If vaccine supply is sufficient for Californians 16 years and older who wish to be vaccinated and
– If hospitalization rates are stable and low
The state will continue contact tracing and testing to detect cases early and contain spread of the virus. The state will monitor hospitalization rates, vaccine access and vaccine efficacy against variants, with the option to revisit the June 15 date if needed.
When California fully reopens the economy, the Blueprint for a Safer Economy will end. However, health measures such as masking will remain across the state. Testing or vaccination verification requirements will remain in relevant settings.
All sectors listed in the current Blueprint for a Safer Economy grid may return to usual operations in compliance with Cal/OSHA requirements and with public health policies in place, such as required masking, testing and with vaccinations encouraged. Large-scale indoor events, such as conventions, will be allowed to occur with testing or vaccination verification requirements.”
Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3s4ni9a
More Info from CDPH: https://bit.ly/3t2quDl
Butte County Reopening Information
Offers an active information page providing information about the reopening process in Butte County as the County begins to open from restrictions in place from the Governor’s ‘Stay At Home’ order for both residents and low-risk and high-risk businesses. The page provides information in relation to the State guidance on Resilience Roadmap stages, specific information for Butte County in relation to the State’s guidance, and information about measures to be implemented for local workplaces and facilities as the reopening process develops. The page also offers guidance on individual actions that should be taken based on local conditions for COVID-19.
This page is an active information page. As information is provided by the County, health professionals, and the State, it will be updated.
Online here: www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/buttereopens
Addressed during the press conference on July 14, 2020 were the reporting and enforcement of businesses that are not following the Governor’s statewide reopening rollbacks. A process for enforcement is in development at this time. For now, complaints regarding non-compliant businesses including those not following the reopening rollbacks, face covering, and social distancing guidelines can be reported to the COVID-19 Call Center. The call center does not have any additional information, but they can document the call.
Link to Press Conference:
Butte County COVID-19 Call Center (M-F: 8am-4:30pm) 530-552-3050
Addressed during the press conference on July 30, 2020 were the reporting and enforcement of businesses that are not following new opening guidelines that have been put in place due to Butte County being added to the State’s monitoring list and the Governor’s rollbacks. At this time, complaints regarding non-compliant businesses including those not following the indoor operating restrictions, face covering, and social distancing guidelines can be reported to the COVID-19 Call Center. The call center does not have any additional information, but they can document the call. The county will begin a compliance process when these complaints or concerns are received.
The approach will be tiered and focused on compliance. For a business’s first occurrence, the owner or operator will receive a letter from the county identifying what the business can do in order to maintain compliance and be given time and opportunity to make those adjustments. If complaints continue, the county will refer them to the local jurisdiction for follow up. In the case of restaurants, public pools, and body art studios, they will be referred to the county’s Environmental Health Department. The engagement will include either a visit for a phone call focused on compliance and modifying operations to meet requirements. If complaints continue, the county or the local jurisdiction will refer the business to the appropriate state agency who maintains enforcement authority such as CalOsha, the Labor Commissioner’s Office, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), or the Board of Barbery or Cosmetology. These state agencies will then begin enforcement actions as resources are available. While Butte County’s processes focus on helping businesses come into compliance, the county is working on local enforcement tools should they be needed.
Link to Press Conference: https://www.facebook.com/buttecountypublichealth/videos/910819362796753/
Butte County COVID-19 Call Center (M-F: 8am-4:30pm): 530-552-3050
Press Release 01/12:
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – As of Tuesday, January 12, 2021, the Greater Sacramento Region, which includes Butte county, ICU bed capacity four-week projection exceeds 15%, ending the Regional Stay at Home Order (RSAHO), effective immediately.
On December 10, 2020, the Greater Sacramento Region was placed under the RSAHO, which was directed to be in place for a minimum of 21 days. After the 21 day period, the region’s four week ICU bed capacity was projected on a regular basis.
With the lift of the RSAHO, it is important to note that the Blueprint for a Safer Economy’s tier based system is still in place. There are four tiers that determine which businesses and activities may be open based on case rate and test positivity rate. Butte County is in the Purple Tier (Widespread or Tier 1). As a reminder, Tier 1, or the purple tier, is the most restrictive tier and requires most businesses and activities to modify operations for outdoors only. The case rate and test positivity rate for Butte County are updated on a weekly basis. To learn what can remain open in Tier 1, the public can visit the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy: covid19.ca.gov/safereconomy/
Additionally, the State’s Limited Stay at Home Order (LSAHO) is still in effect for all Counties in the Purple Tier. The LSAHO places a 10pm-5am curfew on all individuals in the Purple Tier, with limited exceptions. The LSAHO is in effect until the RSAHO has terminated in all Regions of the State.
With this move in the right direction, we thank those who are working hard to reduce the spread of COVID19, which protects our healthcare system. We ask residents to keep doing all they can to prevent the virus by:
– Wear a face covering when in public
– Keep at least six feet away from others
– Wash your hands often
– Don’t mix with people who don’t live in your household
– Stay home if you are sick
Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3bA5yOm
For more information about the Limited Stay at Home Order: https://bit.ly/38XNts7
Announced during the press conference dedicated to reopening measures in Butte County on 5/13/2020 were specific directions for businesses newly able to reopen in Butte County. These directions are outlined on the Butte County reopens website, and include the availability of signage to be posted outside of reopened businesses.
Signage to be posted publicly for reopening businesses that have implemented Butte County Reopening Mitigation measures specific to their industry are available for print on the Butte Reopens Website.
Businesses can visit the Butte Reopens Website, and click ‘Download the Self-Certification Window Placard’ here: www.buttecounty.net/publichealth/buttereopens
Butte County COVID-19 Call Center (M-F: 8am-4:30pm) 530-552-3050
Printing Assistance for Self-Certification Window Placard- For businesses without internet connection who need assistance printing signage or reopening guidance, both the Chico Chamber of Commerce and the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance over the phone.
Chico Chamber of Commerce (M-F: 8:30am-5pm) 530-891-5556
Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce (M-F: 10am-4pm) 530-877-9356
Providing guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks or more after they received the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks or more after they have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Under the guidance, fully vaccinated individuals can:
– Spend time with other fully vaccinated people, including indoors, without wearing masks or physical distancing.
– Spend time with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing.
– Refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic (outside the workplace setting).
For now, fully vaccinated individuals should continue to:
– Take precautions in public including wearing a well-fitted mask and physical distancing.
– Follow CDPH’s Guidance for Gatherings when gathering with people who are not vaccinated or groups with both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
– Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease.
– Wear masks, maintain physical distance, and practice other prevention measures when visiting with unvaccinated people from multiple households.
– Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
– If fully vaccinated people test positive for COVID-19, they should follow CDPH and local health department guidance regarding isolation and/or exclusion from high risk settings.
– Follow CDC, local and state health department travel requirements and recommendations
This guidance applies to fully vaccinated individuals. It does NOT apply to healthcare settings or other workplace settings. Employers who fall under the scope of the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards must remain in compliance with those Standards.
Link to Recommendations: https://bit.ly/3elfsmC
Link to CDPH’s Guidance for Gathering: https://bit.ly/3tLHQVC
Link to CDPH’s Travel Advisory: https://bit.ly/2QmcYwi
BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – On June 15th , the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will align with the current CDC face covering guidance. In many settings, wearing a face covering will not be required for people who are fully vaccinated. In addition to the CDC guidance, CDPH has issued additional face covering requirements for use in high-risk settings. Butte County Public Health will continue to follow all guidelines issued by CDPH including new guidance for face coverings in high-risk situations. The new guidance states, masks are not required for fully vaccinated individuals, except in the following settings where masks are required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status: On public transit and in transportations hubs Indoors in K-12 schools, child care and other youth settings. (CDPH anticipates that revised CDC school guidance is forthcoming and plans to align with that) In Healthcare settings, including long term care facilities In correctional facilities and detention centers In homeless shelters, emergency shelters and cooling centers Masks are required* for unvaccinated individuals in indoor public settings and businesses (examples: retail, restaurants, theaters, family entertainment centers, meetings, state and local government offices serving the public). In settings where masks are required for unvaccinated individuals, businesses, venue operators or hosts may choose to: o Provide information to all patrons, guests and attendees regarding vaccination requirements and allow vaccinated individuals to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
o Implement vaccine verification to determine whether individuals are required to wear a mask.
o Require all patrons to wear masks.
In workplaces, employers are subject to the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), https://bit.ly/3gpWCx2 or the CalOSHA Aerosol Transmissible Diseases Standard, https://bit.ly/3cH8LuS and should consult those regulations for additional applicable requirements.
Read the full Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings issued by CDPH, https://bit.ly/3vkchln.
Learn more at the Butte County Public Health COVID-19 website: www.ButteCounty.net/ph/COVID19.
Link to Press Release: https://bit.ly/3iDgKx7
Glenn county Reopening Information
GLENN COUNTY, CA- Glenn County received shipments of COVID vaccine this week after a week long delay due to the winter storms across the United States. Vaccine clinics scheduled for this week will continue as scheduled. All clinics this week are second dose clinics and are at capacity serving clients that received their first dose one month ago.
The State is providing medical personnel to assist Glenn County Public Health with the ongoing vaccination efforts. Additional first dose clinics are being scheduled for March. These clinics will continue to serve those in Phase 1a (healthcare) and priority groups in Phase 1b to include persons over the age of 65, emergency services, and education staff.
Public Health will be contacting all residents on the existing waiting list first to schedule an appointment. A new online COVID-19 Vaccine Interest Survey will be rolled out on Monday, March 1st. This survey will allow those 65 and older to register online for the vaccine wait list. Public Health staff will use this list to make appointments for upcoming vaccine clinics. Appointments will be open to residents meeting the eligibility criteria only. On March 1st the survey can be accessed at: https://bit.ly/2W7hKgB
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidance for sports that applies to all organized youth and adult sports, including school and community-sponsored programs, and privately organized clubs and leagues. Under the updated guidance, outdoor high-contact sports can be played in counties with a case rate at or below 14 per 100,000. Glenn County now meets the requirements to open organized youth and adult sports beginning February 26th. Glenn County has a daily COVID-19 case rate of 12.7 per 100,000 population and a test positive rate of 7.6%. It is important that all sporting organizations follow the guidance to ensure sports remain open in our community. The state guidance can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/3upXFSj
Link to Press Release: http://bit.ly/2ZN0M8W
Updated CDPH Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports: http://bit.ly/3upXFSj
Link to Glenn County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Web Page: https://bit.ly/2W7hKgB