New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

New tiered system emphasizes slower reopening approach

Orange County’s case rate dropped from 4 cases per 100,000 residents to 3.5 cases per 100,000 residents this week, meeting the orange, or tier 3, case rate requirements of 1 to 3.9.

This is the first time OC has met orange tier metrics since the state restarted its tier monitoring system at the start of the year.

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The county’s test positivity rate remains in the orange tier at 2.1%.
OC exited the most restrictive purple tier and entered the second, red tier on March 14; each county is required to stay in its respective tier for at least three weeks before being able to advance into a less restrictive tier.


The region will also need to maintain orange tier criteria for two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier.


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