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Nov. 5, 3:30 PM

HEALTHCARE

Santa Ana and Buena Park have been among the hardest hit Orange County neighborhoods by way of coronavirus metrics while South County neighborhoods continue to fare better, according to the county’s health equity metric.

California started monitoring disadvantaged communities within each state county last month as part of an addition to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.

This health equity metric is used along with the case rate and test positivity metric to determine a county’s tier.

According to a census tract, Santa Ana has the highest testing positivity rate of 8.3%, and among the highest case rates of 9.2.

The zip code of 90621, which includes Buena Park and Fullerton, posted the highest case rate of 12.6, and a positive testing rate of 8%.

Countywide, the region has a case rate of 6 and a test positivity rate of 3.6%, while the average health equity positivity rate—or average testing rate among disadvantaged and harder-hit neighborhoods—is 5.7%.

—Katie Murar

Nov. 4, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

Orange County’s coronavirus case rate, or average daily cases per 100,000 residents, increased again last week, keeping the region in the red tier for nearly two months straight.

The county posted a case rate of 6, up from 5.1 and 4.6 in the two prior weeks. To enter into the orange, or third, tier, the county would need to post a case rate of lower than 4.

The county’s testing positivity increased slightly from 3.2% to 3.6% last week, once again within orange tier requirements.

If a county’s case rate and test positivity rate fall into two different tiers, the county will be assigned to the more restrictive tier, according to the state’s monitoring system.

In one sign of improvement, the county’s health equity metric, or the testing positivity rate in harder-hit neighborhoods, decreased from 6% to 5.7% last week. It needs a testing rate of less than 5.2% to advance into the next tier.

—Katie Murar

Nov. 3, 3:00 PM

HEALTHCARE

The Orange County Health Care Agency said Tuesday it would not update the region’s tier assignment due to the election.

The agency, which provides updated coronavirus metrics each Tuesday, will instead update the county’s standing on Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Orange County has been in the red tier since Sept. 8, with a case rate, or average daily cases per 100,000 residents, of 5.1. It needs a case rate of below four to progress into the orange tier.

The region has consistently…