Census tract by the Orange County Health Care Agency

Census tract by the Orange County Health Care Agency

Santa Ana and Buena Park have been among the hardest hit Orange County neighborhoods by way of coronavirus metrics while South County neighborhoods continue to fare better, according to the county’s health equity metric.

California started monitoring disadvantaged communities within each state county last month as part of an addition to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

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This health equity metric is used along with the case rate and test positivity metric to determine a county’s tier.

According to a census tract, Santa Ana has the highest testing positivity rate of 8.3%, and among the highest case rates of 9.2.

The zip code of 90621, which includes Buena Park and Fullerton, posted the highest case rate of 12.6, and a positive testing rate of 8%.

Countywide, the region has a case rate of 6 and a test positivity rate of 3.6%, while the average health equity positivity rate—or average testing rate among disadvantaged and harder-hit neighborhoods—is 5.7%.

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