Orange County

OC still in red for COVID-19

ORANGE COUNTY is still stuck in the “red” tier for coronavirus (Shutterstock).

Orange County will remain in the “red” (substantial) coronavirus category for a while as figures from the California Department of Public Health show that the OC qualifies for the “orange” (moderate) category in one category, but not in another.

Tuesday’s figures show that OC has a test positivity score of 3.2 – within the standard of between 2 and 4.9 – but the cases per 100,000 metric is at 5.2, outside the standards of between 1 and 3.9.

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.

The Orange County Public Health authority has urged the state to allow the re-opening of the Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm as soon as “orange” status is achieved.

Orange County numbers on Tuesday showed 138 new cases, compared to 120 on Monday. Two deaths were reported, compared to one on Monday.

The total of cases now hospitalized is at 176, compared to 168 on Monday. Cases currently in intensive care units are now 63, compared to 53 the day before.



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