No changes in latest California health department guidelines for return-to-play (Jan. 19)

The CIF released its weekly update on COVID-19 guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) for the return to athletic competition in the state.

The update shows which COVID-19 “tiers” every county in California is currently in, and what that tier means for high school sports.

There are no changes in the latest update, released Wednesday, Jan. 19:

The CDPH released updated youth sports guidelines on December 14 that pushed back the California high school sports season until at least Jan. 25.

According to the guidelines, “competition will not be allowed in California until January 25, 2021, at the earliest. Competitions are not permitted as they increase the probability of transmission due to mixing of households, traveling, and unavoidable physical contact. Competitions between different teams have been associated with multiple outbreaks in California and across the country.

(Read the full guidelines here)

The Jan. 25 date may be changed in the future based on California disease transmission trends and ICU capacity in the state.

Every county that makes up the CIF Southern, Los Angeles City and San Diego Sections are currently in the “purple widespread” tier for COVID-19 cases. The tiered system monitors every county’s COVID-19 test positivity and adjusted case rate. Here’s how the system works, according to the California Department of Public Health:

“Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate. At a minimum, counties must remain in a tier for at least 3 weeks before moving forward. Data is reviewed weekly and tiers are updated on Tuesdays. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier’s criteria for two consecutive weeks. If a county’s metrics worsen for two consecutive weeks, it will be assigned a more restrictive tier. Public health officials are constantly monitoring data and can step in if necessary.”

On Tuesday, the Southern Section and LA City Section canceled postseasons for Season 1 Sports. The City Section still plans to hold its cross country championship on March 27, but that is the one exception.

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