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Feb. 11: Weekly COVID-19 Update

Sacramento County health metrics continued to improve as the adjusted case rate reached 24.8 per 100,000 residents on the state’s dashboard this week. The testing positivity rate, adjusted for equity, continued to improve falling to 10% while intensive care unit (ICU) capacity increased to 19.5% in the greater Sacramento region.

Graph showing Sacramento County Adjusted Cases per 100,000 residents

Falling Below 25 

The latest state health regulations issued on Jan. 14 provide the possibility for grades K-6 to offer in-person learning options once a county’s adjusted case rate falls below 25 cases per 100,000 residents for five consecutive days on the state’s dashboard. As of Tuesday, Feb. 9, Sacramento County slid into that category with its 24.8 case rate. While the regulations allow for a return, they also put into place a variety of requirements including approval of return plans by both County and state officials and several recommendations such as weekly COVID-19 testing of all students and staff members. 

District staff are examining the requirements and recommendations as well as discussing their potential impacts under the Jan. 14, K-6 guidelines. Current guidelines do not allow for grades 7-12 to offer a return to in-person instruction until a county is in the red tier. 

Existing agreements between the district and its employee groups, made before the Jan. 14 guidance was published, remain in effect and provide for all grades to offer an in-person learning option once Sacramento County reaches the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment system. 

Vaccine 

County health officials expect to be able to add educators to the list of those eligible for vaccinations as early as next week. Once educator vaccinations do begin, it is expected that it will take more than six weeks before all teachers are able to access vaccines given the short supply. 

San Juan Unified is working with multiple local healthcare partners to develop additional clinics for educators to help speed access. 

Athletics Competitions Authorized

After resuming athletic conditioning recently, the district has now authorized limited athletic competitions to take place in alignment with county and state health guidance. Cross-country, tennis, swimming, and track and field teams are allowed to hold competitions while Sacramento County remains in the purple tier. Additional athletic competitions will be allowed as health conditions continue to improve.