All 16 counties in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section have now been cleared to play high school football

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. All 16 counties in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section have been cleared to play.

For the counties 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. Merced County is now just barely under the adjusted case rate threshold of 14 per 100,000, coming in at 13.9, so every county in the section is now under the threshold.

  • Mariposa County: 0.8
  • Yolo County: 3.3
  • Napa County (one school): 4.8
  • Calaveras County: 8.1
  • Placer County: 8.1
  • El Dorado County: 5
  • Tuolumne County: 4.1
  • Nevada County: 9.3
  • Amador County: 5.6
  • Solano County: 6.5
  • Sutter County: 1.9
  • Yuba County: 12.1
  • Sacramento County: 8
  • San Joaquin County: 10.5
  • Merced County: 13.9
  • Stanislaus County: 11.8

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.

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