The California Dept. of Public Health released updated county-by-county COVID-19 case rate numbers on Tuesday, officially signifying which counties have been cleared to start playing high school football and other outdoor sports.
For the 16 counties in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section to resume playing outdoor high and moderate-contact sports, each counties’ adjusted case rate has to be equal to or less than 14 per 100,000. As of Tuesday afternoon, 15 counties meet the case rate threshold and have been cleared to start playing high school sports. This is one more than last week, as Stanislaus County is now below the threshold. This leaves only Merced County, which is quickly approaching the threshold.
(The Sac-Joaquin Section’s 16 counties are listed below followed by a ‘YES‘ or ‘NO‘ denoting whether they have been cleared to play as of March 2):
- Mariposa County: YES, 0.8
- Yolo County: YES, 4.0
- Napa County (one school): YES, 6.4
- Calaveras County: YES, 4.8
- Placer County: YES, 7.7
- El Dorado County: YES, 7.1
- Tuolumne County: YES, 7.9
- Nevada County: YES, 10.1
- Amador County: YES, 10.4
- Solano County: YES, 6.7
- Sutter County: YES, 9.9
- Yuba County: YES, 8.5
- Sacramento County: YES, 9.5
- San Joaquin County: YES, 11.2
- Merced County: NO, 14.8
- Stanislaus County: YES, 13.6
Note: Merced County will have another chance to meet the threshold on Tuesday, March 16, when the state’s county-by-county case rate data is updated.
Read the state’s complete updated youth sports guidance here. The guidance includes a chart that puts sports in tiers and lists them by their risk from low contact outdoor to high contact indoor.
After the CDPH has cleared counties to play, individual private schools and school districts can choose to be more restrictive than the guidance and not allow a particular sport to be played due to safety concerns from COVID-19. It’s also important to remember that even if a sport is allowed by the CDPH, it still needs to be in season. In many counties, baseball got the green light to be played this week, but the sport won’t be in season in some Sections until March.
The Sac-Joaquin Section decided to allow their leagues to make up their own sports calendars, so when sports begin will be a league by league choice.