California Governor Eases County Reopening Criteria

The Sacramento Bee reports:

California is changing its criteria for counties that want to reopen faster than the rest of the state. Counties will have to demonstrate that their hospitalization rates are stable and their rate of positive cases are low. The new criteria represent a move away from the previous rules, which among other standards required that counties have no COVID-19 deaths for 14 days to reopen more quickly.

Now, counties that want to speed up their reopening can’t have more than a 5 percent increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last seven days on average. For smaller counties where a single new hospitalized patient could cause a significant percentage jump, they will have to show that they had fewer than 20 COVID-19 patients hospitalized on any day in the past 14 days.