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County receives OK to open restaurants and shops

Yolo County received permission from the state late Wednesday to reopen additional businesses, including indoor dining at restaurants and indoor shopping at retailers.

The news was expected after the state changed its public health benchmarks earlier in the week making it easier for counties like Yolo to move further into stage two of the governor’s reopening plan.

However, customers will not be walking into restaurants and shops in downtown Davis this weekend; rather, the Yolo County Board of Supervisors will discuss local health guidelines for reopening those businesses at next Tuesday’s meeting.

“The goal is to continue to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread as much as possible in Yolo County,” said Jenny Tan, the county’s public information officer.

“The county will be in discussion with our public health team and our Board of Supervisors about which activities to reopen and when, so even though we are eligible to reopen restaurants and retail, we are not going to do so quite yet,” Tan said Thursday morning.

365体育投注“We will be taking a gradual approach while communicating with businesses and partners to keep public health a priority. We want to make sure that businesses are ready and prepared to open safely.”

Prior to receiving the state’s approval on Wednesday, the county had submitted documents attesting to having met all of the benchmarks laid out on Monday.

365体育投注Those benchmarks no longer require a county to have had no COVID-19 deaths in the last 14 days — the benchmark Yolo County did not meet — but focus instead on recent hospitalizations and the growth rate of positive tests, as well as the previous benchmarks related to testing and contact tracing capacity and supply of personal protective equipment.

365体育投注Here’s how Yolo County stacks up on some of the key benchmarks:

365体育投注* On the metric of demonstrated stable or decreasing numbers of patients hospitalized for COVID-19, Yolo County needed to show no more than 20 total confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized on any single day in the last two weeks.

365体育投注Between May 5-18, the county never had more than one patient in either Sutter Davis Hospital or Woodland Memorial on any given day.

* On the metric of positive COVID-19 tests, the county needed to show less than 25 positive tests per 100,000 residents in the last two weeks.
Between May 5-18, there were 12 positive tests in Yolo County. With a population of 220,500, that put the county’s rate at 5.4 cases per 100,000 residents.

* Regarding testing capacity, counties must show they have a minimum daily capacity to test 1.5 per 1,000 residents (which for Yolo County would be a minimum of about 330 per day).
365体育投注According to the attestation, Yolo County’s testing capacity is estimated to be between 555 and 813 per day. That includes testing via the Napa-Solano-Yolo-Marin (NSYM) Public Health Lab, hospital labs, commercial labs and the OptumServe state testing site at the Yolo County fairgrounds in Woodland.

* For contact tracing, the county must have at least 15 staff per 100,000 county residents trained and available for contact tracing.
365体育投注According to the attestation, “Yolo County currently has implemented a full task force to assist in contact tracing to ensure swift and immediate response to reports of confirmed positive COVID19 cases, with priority given to high-risk groups which include healthcare workers and first responders, individuals living in or going to a congregate setting, hospitalized individuals, and others designated as high risk by authority of the health officer.”

365体育投注Specifically, the county has 37 staff members who are trained and available for contact tracing, or approximately 17 staff per 100,000 county population, which exceeds the state metric of 15 staff per 100,000.

“Furthermore, the county has recruitment efforts underway to onboard additional 15 extra help staff, in conjunction with an additional 15 state-hired contact investigators and tracers, to be trained through the state contract tracing academy but managed through Yolo County’s infection control division,” according to the attestation.

365体育投注* Regarding availability of supplies, including disinfectant and protective gear, the county attestation said the Yolo County Health & Human Services Agency maintains a cache of medical supplies in the event there is a shortage in the county and has acquired sufficient PPE for county personnel, including face coverings, N-95 and surgical masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer.

365体育投注Finally, counties must define what triggers would cause them to slow or reverse reopening.

Yolo County will continuously monitor negative trends, according to the attestation, paying attention to:

* Increasing number of daily new cases over a five-day period;

* Increased number of new cases among healthcare workers and first responders;

365体育投注* An insufficient amount of PPE for healthcare workers and first responders;

* Insufficient capacity to test at least 75 percent of residents;

* Inability to accomplish contact tracing;

* Inability to provide temporary housing to at least 15 percent of the homeless population;

365体育投注* Inability of hospitals to accommodate 35 percent or greater surge;

365体育投注* Insufficient supply of PPE at skilled nursing facilities;

“Should any significant negative trends be identified in one or more of the readiness areas, the health officer, in collaboration with local stakeholders, will reassess the need to modify the pace of reopening through stage two or tighten restrictions in order to control the spread of COVID-19,” the attestation said.

365体育投注“The final decision to return to a previous stage will be made in consultation with the California Department of Public Health.”

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy. We’ve put all COVID-19 news stories and local columns outside our paywall, to make sure all the information on local coronavirus response gets disseminated as widely as possible. To subscribe to The Enterprise and support local journalism, click here.

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