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Coronavirus positivity rate increases across OC County Orange County

The incidence of coronavirus cases increased throughout Orange County during the second wave, including in some parts of South County that did not see a dramatic increase in cases or positivity during the first wave.

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“Unfortunately, the entire Orange County is currently covered by COVID,” said Dr. Curtis Condon, head of research at the County Health Agency.

During Tuesday’s virtual panel hosted by County Governor Doug Chaffy and Anaheim City Councilor Jose Moreno, Condon said postal codes up and down the county were seeing rising levels of positivity.

“Almost every zip code in Orange County and many in southern Orange County is Level 1 – with a positivity rate of over 8%,” Condon said, referring to the four-tier system of state-owned businesses.

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

Orange County is sitting in the Purple Tier or Tier 1 of the state’s rebuilding system due to rising case rates. This means that there are no indoor restaurants, gyms, places of worship and cinemas, while further restricting indoor work for retailers.

All of Southern California counties have been placed in the most restrictive purple order, as cases in the region began to rise sharply last month.

As of Wednesday, the positivity rate across the country is 8.8%.

An additional 1,208 cases were reported on Wednesday.

Public health officials estimate that approximately 12 to 13% of new cases will end up in hospitals two to three weeks on the road.

The incidence of OC and hospitalizations has been declining since the first wave, in which more than 700 people were hospitalized at one point in July.

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