Orange County is finally “orange.”
The California Department of Public Health on Tuesday reclassified Orange County – along with Los Angeles and several other counties – as “moderate” for coronavirus, which will further loosen restrictions on the operations of business, government and education.
This new tier standard goes into effect on Wednesday. The county had met the requirements for orange last week, but under CDPH policy, a county had to hold its numbers for two consecutive weeks to make the move.
According to the CDPH, Orange County has 2.8 new COVID-19 cases per month per 100,000 residents, a 1.7 percent positivity rate and a 2.6 percent health equity positivity rate.
Moving to the least restrictive tier – “yellow” or minimal – will be tougher, as it requires less than one new daily case per 100,000 people, as well as a less than 2 percent positivity rate and a less than 2.2 health equity rate.
Also on Tuesday, the Orange County Health Care Agency’s numbers for Tuesday showed improvement in three of four metrics. Confirmed new cases declined to 106 from 123 the day before. Deaths rose from one to 14, but that’s the same total as Sunday’s count.
Hospitalization due to coronavirus ticked down from 145 to 143 and the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units decreased from 29 to 26.
- Santa Ana: 44,549 (828)
- Anaheim: 41,479 (829)
- Garden Grove: 16,451 (372)
- Orange: 11,742 (241)
- Fullerton: 11,212 (287)
- Huntington Beach: 10,511 (209)
- Irvine: 10,369 (81)
Westminster has had 7,077 cases and 193 deaths; Stanton has had 3,146 cases and 65 deaths.