Santa Barbara County Is Weeks Away from the Orange Tier

••• Covid-19 update: “As of Tuesday, the county’s seven-day average positivity rate is 2 percent, and the health equity metric is 4.4, both of which meet the criteria for the moderate orange tier. The county’s adjusted case rate for tier assignment is 4.4 new cases per day per 100,000 people but needs to drop to 3.9 in order to qualify for the orange tier. There would need to be fewer than 18 new cases per day in order for the county to advance to the orange tier. There have been 196 new cases during the past seven days, for an average of 28 cases per day. The county must remain in the red tier for two additional weeks and achieve at least two consecutive weeks of meeting all of the criteria for the orange tier in order to advance.” —Noozhawk

••• For the first time in three years, “a mosquito trap in Santa Barbara has tested positive for West Nile Virus.” —Edhat

••• “Under Pressure, Santa Barbara School Board Confirms January 19 Return Date to Campuses […] Starting Monday and by Nov. 6, students and parents will select their learning option from among the district’s hybrid plans.” —Noozhawk

••• Lucky Brand closed its State Street store. —John Palminteri of KEYT

••• An update on the effort to recall Chris Djernaes from the Solvang city council. He sounds like a real charmer. —Independent