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Public Health discusses new tier system and what it means for Kern County

Posted at 1:29 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 17:00:40-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — County officials attempted to breakdown the governor's changes to the state's COVID-19 protocols during a live press conference Monday morning. Through all the data and new guidelines, one thing was clear: Kern County has a lot of work to do.

Kern County is in the highest, or purple, tier right now along with 80% of the other counties statewide. The governor announced that hair salons and barbershops could reopen their inside businesses Monday along with certain retail shops and shopping malls all with restrictions.

The monitoring list has been simplified, the state now watching just two categories: the percentage of positive cases and the average number of new cases over a 7-day period.

To move from one tier to the next a county must maintain the next metrics for a period of 21 days and if a county misses one day, it resets to zero.