OC off COVID-19 watch list

ORANGE COUNTY left the state’s COVID-19 watch list today (Pexels/Cottonbor).

Orange County left the state COVID-19 monitoring list today (Sunday).

Based on several metrics, including the “test positivity” rate, the OC moved toward re-opening of some public school systems, if encouraging trends continue.

Sunday’s statistics show that the “positivity” percent is now at 5.4 percent, well below the state’s “threshold” or goal of less than 8 percent for what portion of those tested who end up positive for the coronavirus. The rate of hospitalization is declining as well, going down 4.8 percent over the last three days. The threshold is to be below a 10 percent or greater increase.

Other measures include number of intensive care units and ventilators available and the case rate per 100,000.

A county must be off the list for 15 days before schools can open for in-person instruction, but a decision on re-opening is up to local districts. Several local public school systems, such as in Garden Grove and Westminster, have announced plans for “virtual classrooms” for the fall semester.

Orange County would find itself back on the list if it exceeded OCHCA standards for three consecutive days.

Sunday’s compilation of new COVID-19 cases is at 153, down from 493 on Saturday. There was one death, compared to 14 the day before. The new to-date sum of coronavirus cases is 45,954 with 37,452 considered to be recovered. The death total is 897.

Three hundred eighty cases are now hospitalized, down from 397. Cases in intensive care are 111, up from 110.

Here is a list of Orange County cities with the most cases. Deaths are in parentheses.

  • Santa Ana: 8,941 (222).
  • Anaheim: 7,841 (204).
  • Garden Grove: 2,512 (51).
  • Orange: 2,107 (40).
  • Huntington Beach: 2,038 (57).

Westminster has 874 cases and 22 deaths; Stanton has 576 cases and 10 deaths.

For complete Orange County stats, go to





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