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County advances to less restrictive tier

With active cases of COVID-19 holding steady, Colusa County moved Tuesday to the “Orange Tier” on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state reopening blueprint.

The advancement to a less restrictive tier came after a steady decline in local COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since mid-February.

“The average new case of COVID-19 per day is less than one, which is minimal,” said Health and Human Services Director Elizabeth Kelly, on Tuesday.

Kelly announced that 9 percent of Colusa County residents (25 percent of the county’s population aged 65 and older) had been fully vaccinated. Another 21 percent of the county’s elder population have received at least the first dose.

Colusa County is currently administering the Moderna vaccine, which is given in two shots 28 days apart. Based on clinical trials, the Moderna vaccine is considered 94.1 percent effective at preventing laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 illness in people who received two doses and had no evidence of being previously infected, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The vaccine also appeared to have high effectiveness among people of diverse age, sex, race, and ethnicity categories and among persons with underlying medical conditions.

As of today, Colusa County will begin giving vaccinations to residents who are 50 and older.
Appointments available for April 13, and April 15, at the Colusa County Fairgrounds and are based on the availability of vaccines. A special clinic is being planned for Saturday, April 24.
“Our clinics are filling up fast,” Kelly said.

As of April 15, the state will allow all people 16 and older to receive vaccinations, but only Pfizer is approved for individuals under 18.

“Colusa County is not getting Pfizer,” Kelly said.

Kelly said Colusa County is also not currently getting Johnson & Johnson, which is the only vaccination that can be administered as one dose.

Kelly said she expects the total vaccination rate to exceed 60 percent of the adult population, which is slightly greater than the total percentage of people who receive seasonal influenza vaccinations.

As of March 29, about 17.4 million vaccinations have been administered statewide. Based on the current estimates, California expects to be allocated approximately 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and more than 3 million doses in the second half of April, according to state officials.

Guidelines for the Orange Tier allows for restaurants to increase capacity to 50 percent and bars with food to open at 25 percent. Churches can also open to 50 percent capacity, and schools can reopen to in-person instruction.

The Sacramento Valley Museum announced that it would reopen today. The museum is generally open 10 AM to 4 PM, Thursday-Sunday.

The Stonyford Museum reopened March 27. The museum is open from 1-4 PM on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.

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