Without any vaccination or therapeutic medication, people should have a plan to test regularly. In Merced County, the number of residents getting tested for COVID-19 has been rapidly declining. When we don’t meet or beat the State average number of tests per day, the State penalizes us. This penalty can force us to move back into the purple tier, which would mean that we cannot open any more schools. Right now, we would need to be conducting 689 tests a day to meet the State average, but we are only conducting 614 tests. We only need an additional 75 tests a day to stop being penalized.