Text Box: Kern County COVID-19 Update – March 26, 2021 
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Text Box: Last week, we announced that Kern County met the red tier metrics within the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The Blueprint requires the County to meet the metrics of the less restrictive tier for two consecutive weeks before we officially move to that tier. On March 23, the State announced that Kern County has met the red tier metrics for two consecutive weeks and Kern County will officially move to the red tier, effective March 24. Specifically, Kern’s metrics are as follows (See Chart on Top):   
The following changes are allowable in the red tier: - Retail – Capacity can increase from 25% to 50% - Shopping centers – Capacity can increase from 25% to 50% and food courts can reopen with modifications. - Museums, zoos and aquariums – can open indoors - Movie Theaters – can open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer - Hotels and lodging – can open fitness centers at 10% capacity - Restaurants – can open indoors at 25% capacity or 100 people whichever is fewer - Effective April 1, when outdoor live events are permitted to resume, they can open at 20% capacity for in-state visitors only with advanced reservations. 
Text Box: Also, of importance to note, we not only meet the red metrics, but our testing positivity rate and our health equity metric meet orange tier metrics. The State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy require a County to remain in a tier for at least three weeks and meet the metrics of the less restrictive tier for at least two weeks. Kern County could move to the orange tier as early as April 7. 
Furthermore, when California hits the goal of 4 million doses of vaccine administered within the lowest quartile, the case rate threshold to move from the red to the orange tier change from 3.9/100,000 to 5.9/100,000. 
Schools:   A Supreme Court decision last week changed the reopening requirements for schools. Junior High and High Schools were previously required to wait to reopen until a county was in the Red Tier. The updated guidance that was released this past Friday allows Junior High and High Schools to reopen at the same time that elementary schools reopen, which is when a county’s case rate is 25/100,000 or below. 
Variant B.1.1.7 Identified in Kern Text Box: County:   We were notified late on Thursday evening that COVID variant B.1.1.7 was identified in Kern County. B.1.1.7 is the first variant that has been identified in Kern County. First detected in the United Kingdom, as of March 19, there have been 471 cases identified of this variant in California. Definitive analysis about B.1.1.7 is still pending, but the United Kingdom advisory group has suggested that infection with B.1.1.7 is associated with an increased risk of hospitalization and death. However, studies suggest that antibodies generated through vaccination with currently authorized vaccines recognize this variant. 







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County of Kern COVID-19 Response Update 
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Kern County COVID-19 Update , Cont.

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September Fest / Armed Forces Parade

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Chamber Member Dues Date Change

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Chamber Water Damage Update

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Rosamond Chamber Annual Elections

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Real Estate Update By Gatton Realty

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Supervisor Zack Scrivner, District 2

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