Here's when Siskiyou will move to the orange COVID-19 reopening tier

Kelsey Shelton
Siskiyou Daily News
The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Sitting left to right are Brandon Criss, Michael Kobseff, Ray Haupt, Nancy Ogren and Ed Valenzuela.

Siskiyou County is headed to the less restrictive orange COVID-19 reopening tier on Wednesday as local cases continue to fall, supervisors learned this morning.

As of Tuesday, there were 11 active coronavirus cases in Siskiyou County and two hospitalizations. There have been a total of 1,861 total cases since the pandemic started last year and 16 COVID-19 related deaths, according to the county's coronavirus information dashboard.

"I keep watching that dashboard every day," said District 5 Supervisor Ray Haupt during Tuesday's meeting, when the Siskiyou County Public Health Department provided an update on the county's COVID-19 situation.

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The move to the orange tier means there will be an increase in the number of occupancy for indoor and outdoor events, said public health representative Johnathan Himbert.

To reach the orange tier, the county had to maintain a new daily case rate of 2-5.9, according to the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy for at least two weeks. In addition, the positive test rate had to remain below 5.3%.

State public health officials announced new tier assignments on Tuesday. Decisions were based on each county's current case totals, positivity rates and other metrics.

Siskiyou County moved from the purple tier to the red tier on March 16. 

A nurse  prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 2, 2021.

Vaccines: 'Big surge' expected

A total of 7,630 residents have received a two-dose vaccine so far, said Himbert, and 18% of Siskiyou County residents have been vaccinated. There are still 6,000 doses available, Himbert added.

"We will host another vaccination event next Thursday at the fairgrounds in Yreka, at which point, (the vaccine) will be open to anyone 16 and over," Himbert said. "We are expecting a big surge."

California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier chart

Remind me: What does each tier mean?

The four tiers in California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy represent different levels of COVID-19 outbreak:

Purple tier: Widespread outbreak with most non-essential indoor business operations closed.

Red tier: Substantial outbreak with some non-essential indoor business operations closed.

Orange tier: Moderate outbreak with some indoor business operations open, with modifications.

Yellow tier: Minimal outbreak with most indoor business operations open, with modifications.

For more information, visit the state's COVID-19 website at https://bit.ly/2PoO2nf.