Orange County

Orange County stays in “red” tier

ORANGE COUNTY remains in its “red” tier this week, according to new state metrics (Shutterstock).

Hopes that Orange County would turn “orange” and move into the less restrictive “moderate” coronavirus tier were dashed – at least temporarily – today (Tuesday).

According to the California Department of Public Health, the OC would have needed to show a coronavirus test positivity number of less than 5 percent, which was accomplished with a score of 3.1.

However, the metric of daily new cases per 100,000 for the county came in at 4.4, higher than the goal of 3.9 needed to advance to orange.

Under the guidelines of “Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” a county must remain in its tier for at least three weeks. To move “up,” a county must meet the next tier’s requirements for two consecutive weeks.

Last week’s numbers were good enough, with a positivity rate of 3.1 and a new cases tally of 3.6.

Moving to orange would have allowed most retail operations to expand to full capacity.  Generally, churches and movie theaters would go from 25 percent (or 100 people, whichever is fewer) to 50 percent (or 200 people whichever is fewer).

Restaurants would be allowed 50 percent capacity (or 200, whichever is fewer) for indoor seating. Hotels, now at 10 percent for fitness centers, would be at 25 percent for fitness centers, plus indoor pools. Gyms and fitness centers would go from 10 percent to 25 percent and allow swimming in indoor pools.

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