Orange County

OC gets nearer to orange tier

ORANGE COUNTY remains in the red tier for coronavirus, but us making progress toward the less restrictive orange (Shutterstock).

If it’s Tuesday, it must be Tiers-day.

In this brave new world of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the day of the week when the California Department of Public Health releases its evaluation of counties’ efforts to contain the pandemic.

Today’s report is mostly good news for Orange County. The OC recently moved into the red (substantial) tier on Sept. 8 and maintained its status there with a positivity rating of 3.9 percent (under 4.9 is needed). To move into the less restrictive orange (moderate) tier, the county would need to be between 1 and 3.9 for daily new cases per 100,000. It’s now at 4.7.

However, under the state rules, a county must stay in a tier for three weeks before it can move to a “better” tier.

Statistics for Orange County today show 150 new cases and 12 deaths. The cumulative total of cases for the OC is now at 51,124, of which 45,626 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 1,105.

Two hundred and one cases are now hospitalized, with 67 in intensive care units.

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