Santa Clara Country Current Risk Level is RED - Substantial

Posted on September 25th, 2020 by sheldon

The current risk level for Santa Clara County based on the State of California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy is RED - Substantial (Tier 2 of 4).

Each county is assigned one of four tier rankings based on two critical infection numbers for the county:

  • Adjusted number of new daily cases per 100,000 people.
  • Percent of positive PCR tests.

At the Red tier, all Downtown Campbell businesses except for bars that do not serve food are allowed to be open in at least some capacity. As infection rates improve or get worse businesses will need to adjust their capacity accordingly. At the most restrictive (Purple - Widespread) tier, some businesses will not be able to operate at all.

The infection numbers are evaluated every Tuesday for changes. If our county numbers cause us to regress to a more restricted risk tier, we get one week to turn things around before we're required to comply with the more restricted rules.

The same applies for advancing to a less restricted tier. We need to show qualifying numbers for at two weeks* in a row before being allowed to progress.

Santa Clara County's infection numbers as of September 22 are:

  • 5.6 new cases/day per 100K (Unadjusted)
  • 4.7 new cases/day per 100K (Adjusted)
  • 2.4% positive test cases

Adjusted vs Unadjusted Case Counts

Case counts are published as an adjusted and unadjusted number. The adjusted number is the unadjusted number with two important modifications.

  • Case counts coming from prisons are excluded.
  • A testing bonus/penalty is applied. Counties that test more are rewarded with a bonus reduction in their case count. Counties that don't test enough are penalized.

Blueprint for a Safer Economy

See the Blueprint for a Safer Economy site for more details about the different risk tier levels and what is and isn't allowed by the state at each level. Be aware that counties have the final say of what can be disallowed. Santa Clara County generally follows the state guidelines except for in one area. Indoor dining is not allowed in Santa Clara County.

Thank You for Taking Precautions

Thank you to all of you who have been careful and are taking precautions to reduce the risk to yourself and to others. The only way our businesses can remain open is if everyone acts responsibly and keeps the infection rates low until we have an effective vaccine and enough of that vaccine to end the Covid-19 pandemic. We understand that having to wear face masks, keeping distance, and not being able to hold private social events at your house is not a lifestyle choice anyone really enjoys, but it's what we all have to do for the sake of everyone in our community.


*-In some (less common) circumstances, it may require 3 weeks of meeting infection numbers before our county is allowed to progress.

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