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Orange County’s case rate dipped to 2.6 cases per 100,000 residents from 2.8 the week prior, keeping the region within orange tier metrics for the sixth consecutive week.
 
The county’s test positivity rate remained flat at 1.4%, meeting the least restrictive yellow tier’s requirements of less than 2% for the fifth week.
 
OC has also met yellow tier requirements for the third coronavirus monitoring metric, the health equity rate, which measures positive test rates in harder-hit neighborhoods. That figure is at 1.9%.

OC needs fewer than 2 new daily cases per 100,000 residents to enter into the least restrictive yellow tier, though if the state continues with its strong vaccination pace, specifically for harder-hit communities, the state could drop its color-coded tier system and fully reopen by June 15.
 
 For now, businesses are restricted to orange tier guidelines.