California will start to monitor disadvantaged communities within each state county as part of an addition to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy that goes into effect today.
This health equity metric will be used along with the case rate and test positivity metric to determine a county’s tier, and aims to ensure “California reopens its economy safely by reducing disease transmission in all communities.”
Orange County will start tracking test positivity rates in disadvantaged neighborhoods to make sure metrics do not lag behind the overall county test positivity. It is also required to make targeted investments in these areas to mitigate disease transmission.
The county has already made efforts in regards to health equity, such as increasing education, testing and resources in neighborhoods especially impacted by coronavirus, such as Anaheim and Santa Ana.
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