New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

Orange County is not the only California region struggling to move out of the red tier and into the less restrictive orange tier.

Los Angeles has yet to move out of the most restrictive “purple” tier, along with about eight other counties.

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OC is one of 20 counties in the red tier, the most of any tier. Just one county, Calveras, moved into the yellow tier on Tuesday, bringing the total counties in the fourth tier to 10.

When counties were reassessed on Tuesday, OC met the orange tier metrics for positive testing rate, with 3.2% of residents tested testing positive on average. It failed to meet the case rate requirements of one to 3.9, posting a rate of 5.1, up from 4.6 the week prior.

The county’s health equity positivity rate rose to 6% from 5.6% last week. It needs a testing rate of less than 5.2% to advance into the next tier.

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