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OC’s Case Rate Remains Lower than Neighboring Counties

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New York Times data released on Apr. 14 suggests that Orange County’s coronavirus case rate appears to be more stable than those of neighboring counties, for an average of 4.2 cases per 100,000 residents.

San Diego County’s case rate more than doubles that number, while Los Angeles County’s case rate floats around 14 per 100,000 residents.

OCHCA data suggests that the new Omicron subvariant known as BA.2 became the dominant strain in Orange County in late March.

That follows both statewide and nationwide trends. 

Free Vaccines, Testing

On Apr. 13, the Biden Administration renewed the public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19, which permits Americans to continue to receive free tests, vaccines and treatments for another 90 days.

It’s unclear whether the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will extend the policy again or not. 

The news comes as California also lifted the five-day quarantine for people who test positive but show no symptoms of the virus.

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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