04/12/2021 - COVID-19 Situation Update



CONTACT:           Carma Roper, Public Information Officer croper@inyocounty.us              



April 12, 2021 – 5:00 P.M.



  • COVID-19 Vaccine Update:Beginning April 15, 2021, individuals age 16 and older* will become eligible for COVID-19 vaccines statewide. In order to help meet the demand for vaccine as eligibility opens up, Inyo County will be working with partners to conduct mass vaccination clinics using Pfizer vaccine in Bishop and Lone Pine in the coming weeks.

*Pfizer vaccine is the only vaccine currently approved for individuals age 16-17. Moderna and Janssen vaccine are only approved for individuals age 18 and older. Minors who attend Pfizer vaccine appointment must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Vaccination appointments are currently available to Inyo County residents aged 50+, and all individuals age 18-49 with ANY underlying health condition. If you believe you are eligible for the vaccine, visit https://myturn.ca.gov/, and enter zip code 93514 to see available appointments in the Bishop area.  Additional appointments may open up via different appointment links and be announced when available to people on the Inyo County COVID-19 Registration list. You can sign up for the Inyo County registration list here: www.inyocounty.us/covid-19/vaccine-information   


CRITICAL REMINDER - Failure to comply with Health Officer Orders places individuals and our community at increased risk of infection.Violation of Health Officer Orders may also result in a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment, fine, or both (Health and Safety Code §120295).

Statewide/ Federal Information, Action, & Recommendations

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data (04/12/21 – 3:20 pm)

  • Updates to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy: On April 6, 2021, the state announced several changes to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR21-109.aspx
    • With an important equity milestone reached, the thresholds for the tiers were updated. The blueprint chart can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH Document Library/COVID-19/Dimmer-Framework-September_2020.pdf
    • Gatherings will be allowed beginning April 15, with restrictions according to tier.
    • Private events such as meetings or wedding receptions will be allowed beginning April 15, with restrictions according to tier.
    • Indoor live events or performances with ticketed searing will be allowed beginning April 15, with restrictions according to tier.
    • The state updated the criteria for moving to a more restrictive tier: “Unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as low rate of vaccine take up, a county will only move to a more restrictive tier if hospitalizations are increasing significantly among vulnerable individuals, especially among vaccinated individuals, and both test positivity and adjusted case rates show a concerning increase in transmission.”