Orange County has been at the orange level since March 29, when it and Los Angeles County advanced at the same time. Los Angeles completely entered the yellow level last week, allowing for the wider reopening of the economy since the pandemic began more than a year ago. It is the first county in Southern California to reach the yellow level since the reopening criteria were established last summer. In another milestone for the reopening of Southern California's economy, Orange County is now at a surprising distance from its broader reopening under the state's four-tier color-coded plan.
In addition to Orange County, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Amador counties also advanced to the yellow level, continuing a series of reopenings that have sparked optimism that the worst of COVID-19 could now be in the rearview mirror and that the state could soon fully reopen. In addition to Orange County, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Tuolumne and Amador counties are set to enter the yellow tier next week if their coronavirus numbers remain constant or continue to decline. Of particular interest in Orange County, achieving yellow status means that amusement parks and fairs can expand attendance to 35% capacity, compared to 25% at the orange tier. The latest maps and graphs on the spread of COVID-19 in Orange County, including cases, deaths, closures and restrictions.
He was previously a city reporter and assistant editor for the Daily Pilot, a Times Community News publication in Orange County, and before that he wrote for the Santa Clarita Valley Signal. In the orange level, the following business sectors are modified and allowed to trade as follows, with the change from the red level to the orange level in italics. Counties that made moves on the reopening roadmap on Tuesday included Mono and San Mateo, which went from orange to yellow, and Madera, which went from red to orange. Starting Wednesday, March 31, Irvine and Orange County will move to the Orange Tier in the state's Plan for a Safer Economy.
Orange County also reported 58 new COVID-19 infections and nine additional deaths Tuesday, bringing its cumulative totals to 254,415 cases and 5,107 deaths, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.