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THIS ONESonoma County's virtual community COVID-19 briefing.Less than a month after moving out of the state’s most restrictive purple tier, the County made it into the more relaxed orange tier Wednesday. The announcement comes a day after Governor Gavin Newsom announced the state’s aim to fully open up the economy on June 15th , as long as there’s enough vaccine supply and low hospitalization rates.

County Supervisor Chris Coursey said the June date is a goal but it isn’t set in stone.

"If we’ve learned anything from this pandemic, we’ve learned things change fast and they change often. I’m going to circle June 15th  on my calendar, but I’m going to circle it in pencil," Coursey said.

Sutter infectious disease expert Dr. Gary Green said he’s never been this optimistic about things getting back to normal because of the county’s vaccine efforts. But he also warned not to become complacent, especially with more contagious variants entering communities. 

"This is a race of vaccine against variants," Green said. "If we stop wearing masks and we stop social distancing, if we start crowding into places and go beyond our small bubbles, I think another surge will end up costing us lives." 

As we enter the orange tier, there’s been a slight uptick in COVID cases, even some found in youth sports teams, according to officials. And vaccine supply remains unpredictable. 

If you want to get a free COVID test, visit socoemergency.org for a comprehensive list of clinics. 

 

 

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