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Newsom announces relaxed criteria for counties to move into stage 2 more quickly than state

Governor Gavin Newsom
Posted at 1:11 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 16:40:56-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Governor Newsom today announced relaxed criteria for counties that wish to move into stage two of reopening faster than the rest of the state.

County hospitalization rates of COVID-19 patients can not increase more than 5 percent over 7 days or nor more than 20 COVID hospitalizations on any single day in the past 14 days.

There must be less than 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days or less than 8% testing positive.

A county's daily testing capacity must reach 1.5 tests per 1,000 residents.

There must be a testing availability for at least 75% of residents.

There must be sufficient contact tracing to help a patient recall everyone they had close contact with in a given time frame.

Counties must be able to accommodate a minimum surge of 35% due to COVID-19 cases.

Laslty, counties must have a plan to mitigate infections in skilled nursing facilities.

Check here for a full list of criteria and further details.