Orange County will remain “red,” as Tuesday’s report from the State of California on the coronavirus pandemic showed that its statistics weren’t good enough to move from red, or “substantial” to “moderate,” or orange.
According to the California Department of Public Health, in order for the county to move to the less restrictive tier, it had to have a test positivity rate of 4.9 percent and under, and a rate of new cases per 100,000 people of 3.9 percent and under.
Tuesday’s numbers – based on a seven-average with a seven-day lag – showed that the OC was on target with a 3.5 percent positivity rate, but too high with a 4.6 per 100,000 new case metric.
Statewide figures show a positivity rate of 3.4 percent and 6.9 new COVID case figures.
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.
Tuesday’s numbers from the Orange County Health Care Authority showed new coronavirus cases at 178, up from 117 on Monday. There were no deaths, as on Monday. One hundred sixty cases are hospitalized (down from 167) with 57 in intensive care units, up from 56 on Monday.