Orange County will remain in the red “substantial” tier for coronavirus infections, according to today’s report from the California Department of Public Health.
The county actually posted poorer numbers than the previous week. In terms of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, the OC’s number rose from 5.1 to 6.0. As for test positivity, the percentage rose from 3.2 to 3.6.
In the category of health equity positivity, the county’s number improved from 6.0 to 5.7.
To be eligible to move to the less restrictive orange “moderate” tier, the county would have needed to have a rate of 1 to 3.9 in terms of new case rates and 2 to 4.9 in test positivity.
The case rate is based on a seven-day average with a seven-day lag. The positivity rate on a seven-day average of tests that are positive.