- Virus transmission in the county is rated as minimal by the governor's reopening regime, which places the area in Tier 4 and allows most businesses to reopen.
- Over the past seven days, the county has reported an average of 0.3 new cases and 0 deaths per day.
- The county has reported cases in four cities or communities. East County has tallied the most with 18.
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 0 new cases and 0 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 43 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 2 new cases, which amounts to 16 per 100,000 residents.
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Mapping the cases
Cases have been reported in four of Trinity 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 1 skilled nursing and assisted-living facility in Trinity County that has 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.
Trinity County is currently in Tier 4, which allows most businesses to reopen.
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. Trinity County's most recent adjusted case rate was 5.3.
The second metric is the positive test rate, which is the percentage of tests for the virus that come back positive. Trinity County's most recent positive test rate was 4.5%.
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 Trinity 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 Trinity County.
Tier 4: Minimal risk
- Aquariums Open indoors with modifications
- Bars, brewpubs and distilleries (with no meals provided) Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity
- Cardrooms Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% 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
- 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. Open indoors for activities with increased risk of proximity and mixing with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Arcade games, ice and roller skating, indoor playgrounds
- Food banks, gas stations and convenience stores Open with modifications
- Gyms Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity. Saunas, spas, steam rooms and 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%. 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 50% capacity. Indoor pools, spa facilities open
- K-12 schools Can open for in-person instruction
- Libraries Open with modifications
- Movie theaters Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity
- Museums Open indoors with modifications
- 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
- Professional sports without spectators Open without live audiences with modifications
- Racetracks without spectators Open indoors with modifications. Max 50% capacity
- Retailers Open with modifications
- Shopping malls Open with modifications. 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 50% capacity or 200 people indoors whichever is fewer
- Zoos Open indoors with modifications