Orange County has been placed back in the most restrictive COVID-19 tier following a statewide surge in new cases, with all counties in Southern California now in the purple tier.
The move comes a day before the county would typically provide a new metrics update, with Gov. Gavin Newsom providing an emergency state update due to the case surge.
“We are seeing community spread broadly now throughout the state of California,” Newsom said in a Monday news conference.
Orange County reported more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in the past two days, and has a current adjusted case rate of 10.8 cases per 100,000 residents. Just last week, the county said it had a case rate of 5.6.
A county needs more than seven new daily cases per 100,000 residents to be in the purple tier.
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