Orange County

Stats move OC toward “orange”?

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Coronavirus statistics for Orange County are still moving in an encouraging direction the day before the California Department of Public Health announces any changes in the tiers which regulate what sort of restrictions are imposed on counties across the state.

The OC is in “red,” and has the numbers to advance to the less restrictive “orange” tier, but it needs to have maintained them for a minimum of two weeks.

Monday’s statistics from the Orange County Health Care Agency show 133 daily positive cases, down from 246 on Sunday. Zero deaths were reported, compared to two on Sunday.

The number of cumulative deaths in the OC are at 53,448, with 47,955 considered recovered. One hundred sixty-one cases are hospitalized (down from 165) with 46 cases in intensive care units (up from 45).

However, the key metrics are test positivity, and the number of new cases per 100,000, both stats measured over a seven-day period. To get to “orange,” the county needs to have a test positivity number under 4.9 percent (currently at 3.1 percent) and daily cases under 3.9 (currently at 3.6).

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