- Virus transmission in the county is rated as substantial by the governor's reopening regime, which places the area in Tier 2 and keeps some nonessential businesses closed.
- Over the past seven days, the county has reported an average of 8.1 new cases and 0 deaths per day.
- The county has reported cases in three cities or communities. Yuba City has tallied the most with 1,509.
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 8 new cases and 0 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 174.6 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 57 new cases, which amounts to 59 per 100,000 residents.
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Mapping the cases
Cases have been reported in three of Sutter County's cities and communities.
Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California's Department of Public Health has listed 4 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities in Sutter County that have reported COVID-19 cases.The state last updated the list on October 27. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect cumulative counts.
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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.
Sutter County is currently in Tier 2, which keeps some nonessential businesses closed.
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. Sutter County's most recent adjusted case rate was 4.6.
The second metric is the positive test rate, which is the percentage of tests for the virus that come back positive. Sutter County's most recent positive test rate was 2.7%.
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 Sutter 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 Sutter County.
Tier 2: Substantial risk
- Aquariums Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 25% capacity
- Bars, brewpubs and distilleries (with no meals provided) Closed
- Cardrooms Open outdoors only with modifications
- 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 25% capacity or 100 people whichever is fewer
- Family entertainment Open outdoors only with modifications for kart racing, mini-golf, batting cages
- Food banks, gas stations and convenience stores Open with modifications
- Gyms Open indoors with modifications. Max 10% capacity
- Hair salons and barbershops Open indoors with modifications
- Higher education Capacity for indoor lectures and student gatherings must be limited to 25% or 100 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 10% capacity
- K-12 schools Closed for in-person instruction. Can open for in-person instruction if county remains in this tier for two weeks
- Libraries Open with modifications. Max 50% capacity
- Movie theaters Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity or 100 people whichever is fewer
- Museums Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 25% capacity
- Nail salons Open indoors with modifications
- Nonessential business offices Work remotely
- Pet groomers and landscapers Open with modifications
- Places of worship and cultural ceremonies Open indoors with modifications. Max 25% capacity or 100 people whichever is fewer
- Professional sports without spectators Open without live audiences with modifications
- Racetracks without spectators Open outdoors only with modifications
- Retailers Open with modifications. Max 50% capacity
- Shopping malls Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. 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 outdoors only with modifications
- Zoos Open indoors with modifications. Indoor activities max 25% capacity