An ongoing reversal of two coronavirus measurements monitored by California’s public health leaders is planting Orange County more firmly in the red level of the state’s pandemic tracking system, which determines what can be reopened in each county.
The State Department of Public Health’s weekly system update on Tuesday, October 27 showed that the county’s case rate rose to 5.1 new cases per year. Day pr. 100,000 inhabitants from 4.6 cases per. 100,000 last week.
The proportion of tests that returned positive among some of the county’s pandemic-troubled neighborhoods – called health measurement – grew to 6% from 5.6% last week, subtracting solid gains made since the indicator was introduced earlier this month.
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Although Orange County lost ground in two closely monitored coronavirus measurements, it kept the line on the third: The county’s overall test positivity – the proportion of graft samples that returned positive – was unchanged since last week at 3.2%.
The three measurements are pillars of the Prime Minister’s Public Health Tracking System with four levels and are critical for public health experts in regulating which businesses and public sectors can be reopened and in what capacity the pandemic is pulling.
Counties must remain in one of four levels – purple, red, orange or yellow – for at least three weeks and qualify in all three measurements for the next level for two weeks to advance. Levels cannot be skipped, and counties that pedal in any measurement can return to a more stringent level.
Orange County left the purple level of “widespread” risk on Sept. 8 and has since been at the red level of “significant” risk.