The effort to re-open more of Stanislaus County was dealt a setback Tuesday when the region did not meet the requirements needed to move down a tier.
Additionally, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the opening of a mass vaccination site for the Central Valley was postponed because other states complained California already had two.
"Other states, I'll be honest with you, were upset that California was the first to get not one, but two large-scale vaccination sites," said Newsom while visiting a vaccination site in Earlimart on Monday. "Until other states start to get more equitably their vaccination sites, we're struggling to get that third site here in the Valley."
In early February Newsom announced that the state would be partnering with the federal government for a mass vaccination site in the Central Valley.
Following the announcement on Monday, Congressman Josh Harder (CA-10) called on the federal government to immediately clarify when and if a mass vaccination site will be coming to the Central Valley.
“It is absolutely unacceptable that once again the Central Valley is getting left out to dry when it comes to vaccines. I’m fed up with the broken promises,” said Rep. Harder. “Frankly, I don’t care what other states think when it comes to our community. Our state is more than just San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it’s time that we send resources to the hardest hit communities in the state instead of the wealthiest and most politically connected ones.”
Stanislaus County’s daily COVID-19 case rate came in at 13.4 per 100,000 population, which was then adjusted to 13.6 per 100,000 for testing volume. The rate is well above the 7 per 100,000 it needs to be in order to move down to the red tier.
The testing positivity rate did fall in the state guidelines for the red tier, but in order to move down, all requirements have to be met.
As of Tuesday, Stanislaus County has recorded 51,299 positive cases and 959 deaths from COVID-19.