Santa Barbara County State Metrics Status

Santa Barbara County State Metrics Status

Overview of Tier Assignment

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity, adjusted case rate, and the health equity metric. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for 2 consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for 2 consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated statewide on Tuesdays. 

Health Equity Metric – November 4, 2020 

In order to advance to the next less restrictive tier, depending on its size, a county will need to meet an equity metric and/or demonstrate targeted investments to eliminate disparities in levels of transmission. 

  • For a county with a population of greater than 106,000, the county must:
    • Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate. 
  • For counties entering the red tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts’ test positivity must also be ≤8% 
  • For counties entering the orange tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts’ test positivity must be within 5% of the orange tier threshold, or ≤5.2% 
  • For counties entering the yellow tier, their lowest quartile HPI census tracts must be within 10% of the yellow tier threshold, or ≤2.1% 

To learn more about the Health Equity metric, visit Blueprint for a Safer Economy: Equity Focus. 

Current Status 

Santa Barbara County is currently in the Red Tier (Substantial). As of November 4, 2020 Santa Barbara County has been in the Red Tier for 5 weeks and has not met all criteria for the Orange Tier (Moderate). Testing positivity percent and the Health Equity metric meet the criteria for the Orange Tier, but the adjusted case rate remains high and does not meet Orange Tier criteria.  Our county must remain in the Red Tier for at least 2 additional weeks and achieve at least 2 consecutive weeks of meeting all Orange Tier criteria to officially progress into the Orange Tier.