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Jan. 7: Weekly COVID-19 Update

Sacramento County, the region and the state continue to see increasing COVID-19 cases. As of Wednesday morning, the County’s COVID-19 adjusted case rate stood at 47.2 cases per 100,000 residents with the testing positivity rate, adjusted for equity markers, holding steady at 16 percent. Sacramento also saw the Regional Stay Home Order extended as intensive care unit (ICU) capacity remains below 15 percent in the region standing at 11.7 percent as of Wednesday. 

Cases in the district

San Juan Unified continues to see COVID-19 positive cases impacting both employees and students. A count of current cases can be found on the district’s COVID-19 dashboard. During the winter break, the district also encountered the first known death of a current employee due to COVID-19. 

Vaccine 

The COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available to educators. California has placed educators in the phase 1b priority for those who are to receive the vaccine. Currently, Sacramento County continues to work on distribution to health care workers and other high risk individuals in the first priority tier. A timeline for moving to the second tier has not yet been confirmed. 

Governor’s Safe Schools for All Plan

During the last week of December, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a proposed ‘Safe Schools for All Plan’ that is touted as providing resources and support to safely reopen schools for in-person learning. The plan is a work in progress with critical details yet to be determined and shared with local school districts. As presented, nothing shared in the announcement would allow the district to expedite current plans to resume in-person learning once Sacramento County returns to the red tier of the state’s COVID-19 risk monitoring system. San Juan Unified staff expect additional information will be shared next week during the Governor’s state budget presentation and will continue to evaluate developments.