Orange County is on the edge of turning “yellow,” and that’s good news.
Tuesday’s report from the California Department of Public Health shows that the OC – currently in the “orange” or moderate risk level for the coronavirus – now qualifies for the “yellow” or minimal tier.
However, under CDPH guidelines, once a county meets the criteria for reassignment, it must meet that tier’s criteria for two weeks in a row.
In a county in the yellow tier, indoor capacity of restaurants, movie theaters and gyms can open at 50 percent capacity. Bars can reopen with 25 percent capacity and larger amusement parks can open with modifications (maximum 25 percent capacity).
Personal care facilities can open indoors with modifications and outdoor live events with assigned seating and controlled mixing can open with modifications.
Tuesday’s report from the Orange County Health Care Agency showed increases in three of four metrics measuring the impact of COVID-19, but the totals remained low.
Confirmed new cases increased from 46 on Monday to 58 on Tuesday. Deaths rose from zero on Monday to nine on Tuesday and hospitalizations went from 80 to 84. However, the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units decreased from 20 to 18.
To-date, cases in the OC have totaled 254,415, of which 247,430 have been judged recovered. The death toll is at 5,017.