County appealing purple tier COVID status

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The California Public Health Department has plans to move Stanislaus County back up to the more restrictive purple tier because the area has failed to meet the state metrics for controlling COVID-19, but health and county officials are appealing.

The county plans on appealing the designation, partially because local leaders believe the data will show that most of the transmission is happening in homes and gatherings, rather than at gyms, hair salons and restaurants.

“It is our intent to create an opportunity for dialogue to encourage using our local data and circumstances to drive appropriate mitigation restrictions” said Mary Ann Lilly, Stanislaus County Health Services Agency managing director. “We want to protect our community, preserve healthcare capacity, while supporting economic sectors and activities, that with proper precautions, can operate safely.”

The appeal of the tier status gives area businesses and churches at least another week to remain open. Stanislaus County will be assigned to the tier determined by the CDPH no later than Nov. 17. Schools that have already re-opened will be allowed to stay open for in-person learning, regardless of whether or not the county is moved into the purple tier.

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