Coronavirus Positivity Rates Increasing Throughout All of Orange CountyVoice of OC


Coronavirus case rates are increasing all throughout Orange County during the second wave, including some parts of South County, which didn’t see dramatic case or positivity increases in the first wave. 

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“Unfortunately the entire County of Orange is lighting up right now with COVID,” said Dr. Curtis Condon, research manager for the county Health Care Agency. 

At a Tuesday virtual panel hosted by county Supervisor Doug Chaffee and Anaheim City Councilman Jose Moreno, Condon said zip codes up and down the county are seeing increasing positivity rates. 

“Almost every zip code in north Orange County and many in south Orange County are Tier 1 — with positivity rates over 8%,” Condon said, referring to the state’s four-tiered  business reopening system. 

Laguna Niguel, Ladera Ranch, Dana Point and parts of San Clemente have over a 7% positivity rate, while southern San Clemente has a 10% positivity rate. 

Orange County sits in the Purple Tier, or Tier 1 on the state’s reopening system because of rising case rates. That means no indoor operations restaurants, gyms, places of worship and movie theaters, while further limiting indoor operations at retailers. 

All Southern California counties have been placed in the most restrictive Purple Tier as cases in the region began skyrocketing last month. 

The countywide positivity rate was 8.8% as of Wednesday. 

There were an additional 1,208 cases reported Wednesday. 

State public health officials estimate roughly 12 to 13% of new cases will end up in hospitals two to three weeks down the road. 

OC’s Case rates and hospitalizations were on downward trends following the first wave, which saw over 700 people hospitalized at one point in July. 

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