New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

Orange County will remain in its current COVID-19 “red” tier after failing to meet metrics for the “orange” tier 3 over the past week.

The county was expected to move into the next tier on Tuesday, before its case rate—a 7-day average of daily new cases per 100,000 residents—began increasing once again.

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The county’s case rate has been 4.4% since Tuesday. It’s positive testing rate is still 3.1%, which meets the metrics for the “orange” tier.

California Governor Gavin Newsom delayed guidance on reopening theme parks, which was expected to be announced today after mounting pressure from state lawmakers and local officials.

“Given the size and operational complexities of these unique sectors, we are seeking additional input from health, workforce and business stakeholders to finalize this important framework,” Mark Ghaly, a state public health official, said in a statement.

Walt Disney Co. Executive Chairman Bob Iger stepped down from Newsom's economic recovery task force after Disney announced it would lay off 28,000 workers on Monday, the Sacramento Bee reported yesterday.

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