Solano County could move back to purple tier soon: Here’s why

Solano is currently in the red tier in the state of California’s reopening plan, but officials said case rates are increasing and the county could be moved back to the more restrictive purple tier indicating widespread infection.

The county is urging residents to wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of distance and avoid large gatherings.

Dr. Bela Matyas, the county’s health officer, told KCBS Radio that county residents have recently held several large gatherings, including a funeral with more than 300 people, a wedding and an event at a private ranch attended by dozens.

“In all these situations people were in close contact and not social distancing,” Matyas said.


Gov. Gavin Newsom’s system sorts counties into four tiers — “purple” (widespread), “red” (substantial), “orange” (moderate) or “yellow” (minimal) — that measure the spread of COVID-19 and dictate what types of businesses and activities are allowed to open. The structure allows counties to be more restrictive and move more slowly than the state in its reopening if they wish.

The county tier status is based on the number of new cases per 100,000 residents and the adjusted positivity rate. This month, the state announced it’s now also taking into account an equity metric to address the fact that low-income, Latino, Black and Pacific Islander communities have been disproportionately impacted.

Each county is assigned its tier every Tuesday, and a county must remain in a tier for 21 consecutive days before moving to the next one. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for 14 consecutive days. A county can move backward by failing to meet the criteria for two consecutive weeks, or if state officials see a rapid rise in hospitalizations.

If Solano were to fall back into the purple tier, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, and places of worship would no longer be able to host people indoors.

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state: Here's a look at the color-coded tier sytem with criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state: Here’s a look at the color-coded tier sytem with criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

As cases rise in the Solano County, the Department of Health and Social Services reported the first flu and COVID-19 co-infection in a person in the county.

The infected individual is under the age of 65 and Bela told CBS this person works in the healthcare sector though transmission didn’t occur at work.

“This person, to the best of our knowledge, didn’t acquire it in the workplace. They did what so many other people did all over the country: they got together with family and friends and let their guard down,” Matyas said.

The incident is a reminder for residents to get their flu shots, he said.

“With the likelihood of both COVID-19 and seasonal flu activity this winter, contracting either disease may weaken your immune system and make you more susceptible to the other disease,” said Matyas said in a statement. “Getting a flu vaccine this year is more important than ever, and flu vaccines are the best way to

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Jack Wilshere keeps up fitness on a run near his London home as free agent considers a move to MLS

Hit the road, Jack! Wilshere keeps up his fitness on a run near his London home as the free agent considers a move to MLS after his West Ham contract was ripped up

  • Jack Wilshere is keeping up his fitness after being released by West Ham 
  • The midfielder is looking for a new club after agreeing to terminate his contract
  • The former Arsenal and England man has been linked with a move to the MLS 

Jack Wilshere is determined to keep up his fitness as he bids to get back into professional football following the termination of his West Ham contract.

The midfielder was putting in the hard yards during a run near his London home as he considers his options after agreeing to end his two-year association with the Hammers. 

The former Arsenal and England man has had interest at home and abroad but is said to be weighing up a move to the MLS.

Jack Wilshere is keeping up his fitness after agreeing to cancel his West Ham contract

Jack Wilshere is keeping up his fitness after agreeing to cancel his West Ham contract

The midfielder was seen running near his London home as he considers his options

Wilshere is desperate to get his career back on track after a spate of injury problems which have stopped him reaching his potential.

Sportsmail revealed last month that West Ham had been planning to get the midfielder’s £100,000-a-week salary off the wage bill with his contract set to end in in the summer of 2021.

The club had been hoping to find a buyer but with no takers they agreed to pay the remaining £3.9million that was left on his deal. 

The 28-year-old claims to have been fit for the last eight months of his West Ham career

The 28-year-old claims to have been fit for the last eight months of his West Ham career

Wilshere has been linked with a move to the MLS as he looks to get his career back on track

Wilshere has been linked with a move to the MLS as he looks to get his career back on track

After leaving the club on transfer deadline day, Wilshere issued a statement claiming he had been fit for the last eight months. 

He said: ‘When I joined the club in the summer of 2018 I joined with great hopes and was excited to join the club I supported as a boy. 

‘Despite all of my best efforts and intentions, it has not worked out as I’d expected.

‘I have been fully fit for a large period of time at the club, including over the course of the last eight months but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play.

He looked to have a promising future ahead of him after making his Arsenal debut at 16

He looked to have a promising future ahead of him after making his Arsenal debut at 16

‘Although I am frustrated I was not able to fully showcase what I am capable of at West Ham, I remain convinced that I can still contribute at the very top of the game.

‘I am still hungry and ambitious.’

The 28-year-old was tipped to have a big future when he became Arsenal’s youngest ever debutant before going on to make his

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Why investing in technology during a pandemic was the right move for this dentist

Practicing in Huntington, NY, roughly 40 miles from Manhattan, Cummings first began looking into adding technology by researching what milling her own crowns might cost and how it might affect her practice’s efficiency. This was about the same time that the COVID-19 pandemic caused dental practices to pause their normal activities. Rather than think about the present challenges, however, Cummings peered into the future and purchased the glidewell.io in-office milling solution and an iTero scanner (Align Technologies) to boost her digital workflow.



Dr. Johnasina Cummings


Dr. Johnasina Cummings.


“I just jumped in and didn’t wade in the water,” Cummings said with a laugh.


Spending money on technology in the middle of a pandemic might seem like a risk to many dentists, but Cummings said she was thinking about patient comfort and safety above everything else.


“I insist on the finest treatment for my patients,” Cummings said. “My goal was to purchase technology that would limit patient visits during the pandemic. I knew that I would love to be able to do procedures in the same day, instead of making my patients have to come back multiple times. I wanted to offer them the most efficient service and convenience. With the iTero, I would also have more control to perfect my restorations.”


With that in mind, along with the support of her team and those behind the technology at Glidewell and Align, Cummings quickly began to see the benefits of her decision.


“I started to tell patients about what was waiting for them when they came back into my practice,” Cummings remembered. “I was so excited. My team was so excited. And I think this helped our patients to be much more comfortable and they looked forward to coming back to our practice as well.”


Cummings, who has practiced for 20 years and served as an instructor at the Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine for the same time period, said the technology was a challenge that was fully embraced by her team, and that’s one of the reasons why it has been so successful in her practice since it was implemented.


“You know, I feel adding technology elevates everyone,” she explained. “My entire staff is committed because they’re doing something more. They love helping me out with the high-tech design aspect and the amazing process of the in-office milling procedures [Glidewell’s fastmill.io]. They love it because they see patients as family and they’re able to offer a service to them that is better.”


Cummings said the technology addition has made her a better clinician as well. During our interview, she was quick to tell me a story about a patient who had trouble with an impression going to the lab and getting a correct fit back on his crown.


“I remember calling this patient and telling him that I was getting this state-of-the-art technology,” she recalled. “I said, ‘I know I

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