Orange County is taking steps to enter its third phase of reopening as a result of the region’s lower per capita case and death rates, according to the county Health Care Agency.
Additional businesses, such as movie theaters, gyms, and wineries, as well as schools, day camps and campgrounds will be allowed to reopen in the county based on an order effective tomorrow.
Orange County has a death rate of 6.3 deaths per 100,000 residents, nearly half the state’s rate of 12.2 deaths per 100,000 residents; and an infection rate of nearly 250 cases per 100,000 residents, about 28% lower than the state rate of 347 cases per 100,000 residents.
Face masks will no longer be required in public, but still strongly recommended, according to Orange County Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau, who is also serving as the interim public health officer in the wake of the resignation of Dr. Nichole Quick, who stepped down earlier this week after facing pushback over the mandate, first issued in late May.
There have been 184 new coronavirus cases reported each day on average in the past week, up from 147 the week prior, and 131 for the week ending May 28.
There were 3,163 average daily tests done in the week ending June 10, down from 3,631 for the prior week. About 172,072 tests have been conducted to date, with 7,987 people testing positive, or 4.6%.
Of the total cases, 846 are from senior living facilities, and 385 are from Orange County jails. Four new deaths were reported Thursday, including two from senior living facilities, bringing the total to 202 deaths.
For the week ending June 9, the last day hospital data was available, there were 294 hospitalizations and 142 ICU patients on average each day, up from 280 and 129 for the week prior.
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For a closer look at Orange County coronavirus data, see the Monday print edition of the Business Journal.