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COVID Cases Drop; OC Schools Lift Mask Mandates

Infection rates and hospitalizations throughout Orange County have continued to decline in the last two weeks, according to The New York Times.

The county’s case rate fell from nine per 100,000 residents two weeks ago to six as of yesterday, about half of the current national average.

In the same period, virus-related hospitalizations fell 42% to 256 – which is roughly one-fifth of the hospitalizations reported during the January peak.

Orange County’s K-12 schools and child care facilities will lift the mask mandate at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

While the COVID-19 situation has “dramatically improved,” Orange County Health Care Agency’s Director Dr. Clayton Chau told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday that it is “strongly recommended” for the public to continue following safety precautions even as the state mandates ease up.

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Audrey Kemp
Audrey Kemp
Audrey Kemp is a staff reporter and occasional photojournalist for the Orange County Business Journal. Her beats include — but are not limited to — healthcare, startups, and education. While pursuing her bachelors in literary journalism at UC Irvine, she interned for New York-based magazine Narratively Inc., wrote for Costa Mesa-based lifestyle magazine Locale, and covered the underground music scene for two SoCal-based music publications. She is an unwavering defendant of the emdash and the Oxford comma.
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