ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA – Improving COVID-19 metrics will allow more facilities to reopen and operate here and across Alameda County with fewer restrictions.

The state moved Alameda County to the less stringent orange tier on Tuesday, which is the second-best tier and is a moderate risk in California’s four-tier, color-coded COVID-19 risk rating system. Changes take effect at midnight, and the county must stay there for at least three weeks before moving to the least severe yellow tier.

The county urges people to get vaccinated and remain vigilant in order to move up to the yellow tier.

“Our readings have improved, but this pandemic isn’t in our rear-view mirror yet,” said Dr. Nicholas Moss, the county health officer, in a press release. “Variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are circulating in our county, case rates are rising in other parts of the country, and while nearly a quarter of Alameda county’s residents aged 16 and over have been fully vaccinated, we are not yet at the levels we need are required for broad protection or community immunity. “

Here are some of the services that can resume on Wednesday with security changes:

Alameda County was one of the eight counties that made the transition from the red to the orange plains. Butte, Colusa, Los Angeles, Modoc, Orange, Santa Cruz and Tuolumne also switched.

Nearly 833,000 COVID-19 cases have been reported in Alameda County since the pandemic began, including 1,401 deaths.

Almost 822,000 doses of vaccine were distributed here. More than 515,000 people who received at least their first dose.

Find out if you qualify for a vaccination appointment and learn how to make an appointment here.