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Oct. 27, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

Orange County remains in the red tier after posting a case rate of 5.1 in the past week, up from 4.6 the prior week.

The county has been in the red tier since Sept. 8 after being unable to meet the orange tier’s requirements of having fewer than four average daily cases per 100,000 residents.

Its testing positivity rate of 3.2% remains within orange tier requirements, but the county’s health equity positivity rate rose to 6% from 5.6% last week. It needs a testing rate of less than 5.2% to advance into the next tier.

—Katie Murar

Oct. 26, 3:40 PM

HEALTHCARE

Orange County is expected to remain in the red tier for at least another two weeks, as the region struggles to reduce its case rate to less than 4.

The county has been in the red tier since Sept. 8, and currently has a case rate of 4.6 average daily cases per 100,000 residents. Its testing positivity rate of 3.2% remains within orange tier requirements, but the county’s health equity positivity rate is in the red tier at 5.6%. It needs a rate of less than 5.2% to advance into the next tier.

There were 202 average daily coronavirus cases reported in the two weeks ending Oct. 26, which is up from 175 in the two weeks prior.

The county will receive an update on its coronavirus metrics on Tuesday.

—Katie Murar

Oct. 23, 3:40 PM

HEALTHCARE

There were 39 new deaths attributed to coronavirus in Orange County in the week ending Friday, which is more than half the 85 deaths reported in the week prior.

There have been 151 new deaths reported in the past four weeks, down about 25% from the prior four-week period.

There were six new deaths reported Friday, bringing the county total to 1,440, which includes about 655 deaths from assisted living or nursing home facilities.

—Katie Murar

Oct. 22, 2:00 PM

ECONOMY

Orange County’s unemployment rate will be 8% this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and then drop to 4.6% in 2022, economists at California State University-Fullerton projected.

The OC jobless rate stood at 9% last month.

“We anticipate that it will take up to the end of 2022 for employment levels to approximate those at the beginning of 2020,” they said.

—Kevin Costelloe

Oct. 21, 11:40 PM

TOURISM

There’s signs of optimism for John Wayne Airport, hit especially hard amid the coronavirus pandemic along with the rest of the tourism industry, with general aviation activity increasing in September over last year.

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