Orange County’s coronavirus metrics continue to fall after its highest surge to date seen last month.

The region’s case rate, the adjusted measure in part used to track which tier a county falls in, declined this week to 29.7 per 100,000 residents from 39 last week.

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This week’s case rate is also down significantly from the rate of 78.8 seen on Jan. 12, the highest figure to date.

Orange County needs a case rate of 4 to 7 needed for it to exit the most restrictive purple tier and into the second, or red, tier.

The county’s testing positivity rate decreased from 10.9% last week to 9.4%; the county needs a testing rate of 5% to 8% to enter into the red tier.

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