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Orange County removed from CA COVID-19 watchlist


Orange County was removed from the state's COVID-19 watchlist after meeting key indicators in case rates, low positivity rate, and obtaining an adequate level of medical equipment.


Why it matters:

If Orange County can continue to sustain the improvements they have gain in-state requirements to reopen for the next two weeks, K-12 students could resume in-person classes after Labor Day weekend.

  • Orange County joins San Diego county in coming off the state's COVID-19 watchlist, per Yahoo News.

  • The O.C's positivity rate is at 5.4%, California’s standard for its counties to move ahead with reopening is 8% or below over seven days.

  • OC's Health Care Agency Director and acting health officer, Dr. Clayton Chau, said he is confident Orange County would remain off the state's watchlist, per O.C Register.

But,but,but:

According to the O.C Voice, there seems to be contradictory information regarding the number of cases per 100,000 people.

  • The O.C Health Care Agency COVID-19 website shows 85.1 cases per 100,000 while California’s COVID-19 county data chart website shows 186 cases per 100,000

  • The state’s virus watchlist shows 180 cases per 100,000


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