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November 10, 2020 – Today’s update by California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly included a list of several counties moving back into more restrictive tiers than the previous week. Nevada County was not one of them, getting a one-week reprieve before likely being scaled back into the red tier.

State data used to determine the classification of each county is based on results from the previous week. For Nevada County, the week ending on October 31, 2020, showed a 6.1 new COVID-19 cases per day per 100,000 population. Next Tuesday, the number will be around 10 new cases per day.

Nevada County Board of Supervisors Chair Heidi Hall addressed the issue at the start of today’s BOS meeting, stating: “Based on recent COVID numbers in Nevada County, we are expecting the State to announce today that we have met the criteria to move backwards to the red “substantial” tier in the State’s reopening framework. Based on the State’s framework, you can move backwards after meeting the criteria for a more restrictive tier for two weeks. If indeed we meet the criteria for the red tier today, and if that persists through next week’s update, that means Nevada County would move backwards to the red tier on Tuesday, November 17th. If this occurs, many local businesses would have to reduce capacity and move more operations outdoors. We will also be moving back to a virtual Board meeting format for our November 17th Board Meeting next week. The best way to avoid this and to start moving forwards again is for everyone to do their part by limiting gatherings, and ensuring you’re maintaining social distancing of at least six feet, wearing face coverings, and washing hands and sanitizing surfaces frequently. For more information you can always visit www.mynevadacounty.com/coronavirus.

No county in California moved to a less restrictive tier this week.