New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

A week after being moved into the “red” tier, Orange County’s coronavirus metrics continue to improve, and are nearing the qualifications to be met in order to move into the next “orange” tier.

After posting declining positive cases and a positive testing rate, Orange County was moved out of the “purple” or “widespread” first tier last week into the “substantial” second tier, with 5.2 average daily new cases per 100,000 residents and a positive test rate of 4.2%, well within the requirements of 4 to 7 new daily cases and a rate between 5% and 8%.

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Now, the region has 4.7 new daily cases per 100,000 residents and a positive test rate of 3.9%.

To enter into the next tier, Orange County will have to post 3.9 or fewer new daily cases per 100,000 residents and a positive testing rate between 2% and 4.9%.

Orange County would need to meet those metrics for two weeks to move into that tier, though it must remain in its red current tier for three weeks, according to the state’s initial guidelines.

The final, least restrictive tier is the “yellow” tier, implying county transmission is minimal, with fewer than 1 new daily case per 100,000 residents and a fewer than 2% positive test rate.

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