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Although the county was eligible to move into the yellow tier last week, a small increase in cases keeps Sonoma stuck in the second least restrictive orange tier for at least a couple more weeks, along with the majority of other Bay Area counties. The county’s adjusted case rate is currently 2.4 and it needs to be less than two for two consecutive weeks to enter the yellow tier, where most businesses can operate indoors with modifications.

Health officers said cases are trending in younger people in their 20’s and 30’s as well as sports teams, but there’s still a lot of unknown about the new cases.

What's clear is the continued importance of getting as many people vaccinated in the county as possible. Although you can still get COVID if you’re fully vaccinated, officials say .03% of vaccinated people get the virus. So far, 69% of the adult population in Sonoma County is vaccinated with at least one shot, that number is expected to hit 70 percent this week, meeting President Biden’s national vaccination goal two months early. And as of this week, children older than 12 can sign up to get the Pfizer vaccine in California.

Even if the county remains in the orange tier through May, Governor Gavin Newsom is hoping to end the tier system and fully open back up the economy on June 15, if cases and hospitalization rates remain low across the state. 

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