Orange County’s coronavirus case rate has fallen below the threshold put in place by the California Department of Public Health to track how counties are faring with the virus for the second consecutive day.

The county currently has a case rate, or average new cases over two weeks, of 96.6 per 100,000 residents, which is below the state department’s threshold of 100 per 100,000 residents, and lower than Wednesday’s rate of 98.6.

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Orange County has seen a case rate over 100 since June, when the state placed the region on its monitoring list as a result of rising cases, hospitalizations and a positive test percentage.

A declining case rate suggests the county could be removed from the state watch list.

OC’s hospitalizations and positive testing rate also continue to fall below state thresholds.

The state tracks whether counties have seen a greater than 10% increase in the three-day average of hospitalized patients. As of Thursday, OC’s average is down 3.3%.

Orange County currently has a 5.7% positive test rate, lower than the state’s threshold of 8%.

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