LA is “yellow,” OC stays “orange”

ORANGE COUNTY retains its “orange” or moderate tier  for this week, but Los Angeles County went to “yellow” or minimal (Shutterstock).

Los Angeles County went “yellow” today, but Orange County stayed “orange.”

Tuesday’s new tier assignments for COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health put the state’s most populous county into the “minimal” or yellow tier, which will reduce restrictions on businesses, education and more. It’s now the only county in Southern California in that tier.

Orange County remained in the moderate tier, despite having a lower base of new coronavirus cases per 100,000 than its neighbor to the north.

The OC had a metric of 2.4, compared to 3.0 for LA, but the latter’s rate was adjusted to 1.6 for tier assignment because of testing volume per 100,000 residents, according to the CDPH.

Tier assignment may become irrelevant next month, as Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced that he expects all restrictions to be dropped by June 15.

Tuesday’s report from the Orange County Health Care Agency showed modest increases in all four metrics. Confirmed new cases rose from 55 to 72, but still lower than Sunday’s 75. Deaths went from zero to nine.

Hospitalizations for the virus ticked up from 95 to 97 and the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units rose from 21 to 26.

To-date cases in the OC are now at 254,116, of which 246,783 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 4,978.


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