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Jan. 21: Weekly COVID-19 Update

Slight movement in the right direction this week as Sacramento County saw its adjusted case rate per 100,000 residents fall from more than 56 last week to 48.7 this week. Testing positivity rates also showed improvement with the rate, adjusted for equity markers, falling to 15.7 percent. 

To exit the purple tier of the state’s risk assessment system, case rates must fall to less than 7.0 per 100,000 residents and testing positivity rates must fall below 8 percent.

Graph of Sacramento County adjusted cases per 100,000 individuals.

State revises guidance for schools

Many of the proposed criteria in the Governor’s Safe Schools for All proposal were adopted in a new guidance to schools from the California Department of Public Health published late last week. The revised guidelines do not allow any schools to return to in-person learning if case rates exceed 25 per 100,000 residents. Grades 7 - 12 may not return to in-person learning until the local county reaches the red or lower tier of the state’s risk assessment system. The new guidance suggests COVID-19 testing and requires that every school publish a specific COVID-19 response plan to its website and report data to state officials on positive cases and it's status in offering on-campus learning. 

District staff are reviewing the new guidelines in detail to adjust San Juan Unified’s plans as needed.  


Sacramento County is currently working to administer the vaccine to individuals included in phase 1a of the state’s roll out plan. Deployment of the vaccine is being slowed by a shortage of supply in Sacramento County and other areas of the state. Local officials remain hopeful that they will be able to finish phase 1a individuals this month and move to phase 1b, which includes educators, starting in February.