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April 5, 2021 – City Council COVID-19 Update

Posted on April 6, 2021


As of today,

  • The United States is reporting nearly 30.926 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and 560,601 deaths.
  • California is reporting approximately 681 million confirmed cases and 59,709 deaths.

  • San Bernardino County is reporting 291,727 cases, and 4,128 deaths.
  • Montclair is reporting 6,101 and109 deaths.
  • San Bernardino County residents have received 773,464 vaccine doses, with 491,601 people partially vaccinated and 279,966 people fully vaccinated, as of Today (Monday).
  • Reopening Plan Tier: RED (effective March 15, 2021)
  • New cases per day per 100,000 residents: 3.8
  • Case rate adjusted for testing volume: 3.8
  • Test positivity rate: 2.1% (2.2% in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods)
  • To advance to the orange tier and reopen more businesses, San Bernardino County would need an adjusted case rate below 4.0 and a positivity rate below 5.0% for the whole county and 5.3% in disadvantaged neighborhoods for two consecutive weeks, and to have been in the red tier for three weeks.
  • Based on current metrics, San Bernardino County can expect to enter the Orange Tier this week.
  • California is opening the COVID-19 vaccine to all adults.
  • Residents who are at least 50 years old can get vaccines starting April 1, and all Californians 16 and older will be eligible beginning April 15.
  • Residents can schedule the vaccination through their doctor’s office on or after the day they become eligible and through the state’s ca.gov scheduling site on April 1, April 15 or later.
  • Eventually, vaccines will be available through pharmacies, community clinics, and at government-run centers.
  • The State opened vaccination availability because of an increase in vaccination supplies.
  • California expects to be allocated approximately 2.5 million first and second doses per week in the first half of April, and more than 3 million doses in the second half of April.
  • The state has the capacity to administer more than 3 million vaccines per week and is building the capacity to administer 4 million vaccines weekly by the end of April.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week that fully vaccinated Americans could resume domestic and overseas travel as long as they wear masks in public.
  • Individuals do not need to get a Covid-19 test before or after traveling and do not need to self-quarantine afterward, as long as they follow public health measures.
  • In addition, fully vaccinated Americans do not need a Covid-19 test for international travel unless it is required by the country they are traveling to, and they do not need to quarantine upon reentry to the U.S.
  • Fully vaccinated Americans that choose to travel internationally still need to receive a negative Covid-19 test no more than three days before traveling back to the U.S.
  • Scientists have now confirmed the length of protection for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
  • During Pfizer’s Phase 3 clinical trial, researchers found that protection lasts up to six months after the second dose, and probably longer.
  • Up until now, scientists estimated about 90 days of protection for all vaccines.
  • The Pfizer vaccine also remains more than 91% effective against variants of the virus, including the South African strain, which has been rapidly evolving.
  • These data also provide the first clinical results that a vaccine can effectively protect against currently circulating variants, a critical factor to reach herd immunity and end the pandemic.
  • California will allow indoor concerts, theatrical performances and other gatherings including professional basketball and hockey games starting April 15.
  • Masks will remain mandatory and attendance will be limited depending on the state-established tier assignment for each individual county.
  • Proof of full vaccination or testing may also be required for admittance.
  • Sports will unfold first ─ See update to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
  • The capacity for indoor concerts, theater and other live performances will depend on a county’s individual tier assignment.
  • For the most restrictive Purple Tier, indoor activities remain off-limits.
  • For the remaining Red, Orange and Yellow tiers, live performances will require modifications such as physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated spaces for eating and drinking, and only in-state visitors.
  • For venues with a capacity of 1,500 people or less, the Red Tier allows attendance of 10 percent or 100 people. If all guests are tested or have proof of full vaccination those numbers increase to 25 percent or 200 people.
  • The Orange Tier means venues can admit 15% or 200 people, and up to 35% if all guests are tested or fully vaccinated.
  • The Yellow Tier increases capacity to 25% or 300 people, and 50% if all guests are tested or have proof of full vaccination.
  • For venues larger than 1,500, for the Red Tier testing or proof of vaccination shall be required, and no more than 20% capacity is allowed.
  • In the Orange Tier, capacity is held to 10% or 2,000 people, or 35% if all ticketholders are tested or can prove they are fully vaccinated.
  • In the Yellow tier, the base level is also 10% or 2,000 people, but increases to 50% if all guests are tested or have completed their vaccinations.
  • State officials also announced new guidelines effective April 15 for other kinds of in-person gatherings.
  • Private outdoor gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed in the Red Tier, 50 people in the Orange Tier, and 100 people in the Yellow Tier. Indoor gatherings are discouraged but are allowed with safety modifications.
  • In the Purple Tier, gatherings are limited to three households and must be held outdoors, and only outdoor gatherings are allowed.
  • The new guidelines also address private gatherings in the area of receptions or conferences. All participants must have either advance tickets or be on a guest list, with assigned seating.
  • Private gatherings can range in size from the smallest group size in the Purple Tier for outdoor events with 25 people, or up to 100 if all are vaccinated or tested, to the Yellow tier allowing up to 200 people for outdoor events, or 400 if all are tested or have proof of vaccination.
  • One area not addressed by the state on Friday is when convention centers around the state will be cleared for some measure of business. A determination on those venues is anticipated as more and more counties migrate toward the Yellow Tier.
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