The latest trends
Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
Over the past week, the county has averaged 2 new cases and 0 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 312.5 days.
State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. Over the last seven days, officials have reported 14 new cases, which amounts to 45 per 100,000 residents.
Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California's Department of Public Health has listed 1 skilled nursing and assisted-living facility in Lassen County that has reported COVID-19 cases.The state last updated the list on October 26. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect cumulative counts.
Learn more about those we've lost by reading Times obituaries of Californians who have died from coronavirus.
Reopenings and restrictions
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s reopening system classifies counties into four tiers based on metrics developed by state officials. Which tier a county falls in determines what can be reopened.
Lassen County is currently in Tier 3, which allows some businesses to open with modifications.
Most nonessential indoor business operations are closed
Some nonessential indoor business operations are closed
Some business operations can open with modifications
Most business operations can open with modifications
The state is now using three statistics to judge counties. With some exceptions, metrics must surpass the benchmark for the next tier in order to loosen restrictions. The latest numbers, along with tier reassignments, are released each Tuesday.
The first is called the adjusted case rate. It takes new cases in a recent seven-day period — excluding cases at prisons and jails — and adjusts for population. In some areas, that number is modified to account for the volume of testing. Lassen County's most recent adjusted case rate was 2.9.
The second metric is the positive test rate, which is the percentage of tests for the virus that come back positive. Lassen County's most recent positive test rate was 0.5%.
The third metric measures whether positive tests in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods have significantly exceeded a county's overall rate — a disparity that's been widespread during the pandemic. The statistic is known as the Healthy Places Index. The population in Lassen County is too small to qualify for this measurement.
Based on its current tier in the state framework, here’s what is allowed to open in Lassen County.
Tier 3: Moderate risk
- Aquariums Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 50% capacity
- Bars, brewpubs and distilleries (with no meals provided) Open outdoors only with modifications
- Cardrooms Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity
- Carwashes Open with modifications
- Child care Open with modifications
- Concert venues Closed
- Day camps Open with modifications
- Dine-in restaurants Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity or 200 people whichever is fewer
- Family entertainment Open outdoors only with modifications for kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages. Open indoors with modifications for naturally distanced activities like bowling, climbing walls. Max 25% capacity
- Food banks, gas stations and convenience stores Open with modifications
- Gyms Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity. Indoor pools open
- Hair salons and barbershops Open indoors with modifications
- Higher education Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 50% or 200 people, whichever is less. Some courses conducted in certain indoor settings, like labs and studio arts, may be open at regular capacity. Conduct student activities virtually when possible
- Hotels for tourism and individual travel Open with modifications. Fitness centers max 25% capacity. Indoor pools open
- K-12 schools Some schools have reopened in-person in the county with modifications
- Libraries Open with modifications
- Movie theaters Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity or 200 people whichever is fewer
- Museums Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 50% capacity
- Nail salons Open indoors with modifications
- Nonessential business offices Open indoors with modifications. Encourage working remotely
- Pet groomers and landscapers Open with modifications
- Places of worship and cultural ceremonies Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity or 200 people whichever is fewer
- Professional sports without spectators Open without live audiences with modifications
- Racetracks without spectators Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity
- Retailers Open with modifications
- Shopping malls Open indoors with modifications. Closed common areas. Reduced capacity food courts
- State and local government Open with modifications
- Takeout restaurants Open with modifications
- Tattoo parlors Open indoors with modifications
- Theme parks Closed
- Wineries Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity or 100 people indoors whichever is fewer
- Zoos Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 50% capacity