Orange County’s coronavirus metrics continue to fall after its highest surge to date seen last month.
The region’s case rate, the adjusted measure in part used to track which tier a county falls in, declined this week to 29.7 per 100,000 residents from 39 last week.
This week’s case rate is also down significantly from the rate of 78.8 seen on Jan. 12, the highest figure to date.
Orange County needs a case rate of 4 to 7 needed for it to exit the most restrictive purple tier and into the second, or red, tier.
The county’s testing positivity rate decreased from 10.9% last week to 9.4%; the county needs a testing rate of 5% to 8% to enter into the red tier.
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