Orange County continues to post a declining case rate on the third day off the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list.

The county’s case rate—or average new cases over two weeks—fell below the state department’s threshold of 100 per 100,000 residents in the past week, hitting a new low of 83.3 on Tuesday since June.

There have been 347 average daily cases reported in the past week, down about 8% from the week prior.

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The state also tracks whether counties have seen a greater than 10% increase in the three-day average of hospitalized patients. As of Friday, OC’s average is down 3%.

Orange County currently has a 5.3% positive test rate, lower than the state’s threshold of 8%.

The county must now maintain these lower coronavirus metrics for two weeks; after that, it could be cleared to resume in-person teaching with new social distancing protocols after Labor Day weekend.

Each district has the final say in reopening schools.

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