OC still in red for COVID-19

ORANGE COUNTY coronavirus metrics this week keeps the OC in the red tier (Shutterstock).

The good news is that Orange County isn’t headed to a backslide into a more restrictive tier for coronavirus; the bad news is that the statistics announced Tuesday by the California Department of Public Health show that the OC still has a way to go before it qualifies to be promoted to the less restrictive orange tier of “moderate.”

According to the CDPH, the weekly tally for the county shows it has 5.6 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.  To get to orange, the level would have to drop to at least 3.9.

Orange County’s positivity rate is at 3.3 percent, good enough for the orange or moderate tier (2 to 4.9 percent). However, the third metric of health equity positivity is at 5.5 percent, and it needs to be 5.2 percent for orange. Health equity is a measurement that seeks to ensure that efforts to curb the virus are distributed fairly among all socioeconomic groups.

The Orange County Health Care Agency’s Tuesday report shows 267 new cases of coronavirus (down from 308 on Monday) and three deaths (up from zero).

Cases currently hospitalized number 224 (up from 205) with those in intensive care units at 79 (up from 75).

Here is the list of the Orange County cities with the most cases. Deaths are in parentheses.

  • Santa Ana: 12,049 (321)
  • Anaheim: 10,774 (326)
  • Garden Grove: 3,470 (111)
  • Fullerton: 3,026 (104)
  • Orange: 2,922 (72)
  • Huntington Beach: 2,747 (86)

Westminster has 1,251 cases and 31 deaths. Stanton has 748 cases and 18 deaths.



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