All Orange, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties join L.A. ‘medium’As cases increase, COVID risk category

California is seeing an increase in coronavirus cases. Orange, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties moved to the medium risk COVID-19 level this week.

The ranking is part CDC’s three-level system that is meant to help local jurisdictions decide what prevention steps to take based on risk levels determined by the number of hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. 

Under the CDC’s system, counties with a weekly case rate over 200 new cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days are automatically considered to be at either a medium or high community risk level.

Los Angeles County was the sole Southern California county to relocate last week. “low”To “medium”Level of COVID-19 communities

All counties along the Southern California coast now have the same designation.

However, neighboring Riverside and San Bernardino Counties are still considered to be having “low”The COVID-19 community levels

With the shift to “medium,”There were no new COVID-19 restrictions for the general public.

If counties join the CDC, however, a return of more strict masking rules could be a reality. “high” risk category.

Barbara Ferrer, L.A. County’s Health Director, has stated that L.A. County may require everyone to cover up indoors if they move to a higher risk category.

California currently has no counties that are in the “high” category.

However, 33 of California’s 58 counties have moved to the CDC’s “medium” COVID-19 community level — covering the majority of the state’s population.

Numerous counties along the east coast have been identified as having high levels of virus.

One county could move into another. “high”If it has at least 10 new COVID-19 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents, or if more than 10% of its hospital beds were occupied in one week by COVID-19 patients, the category is classified according to CDC.

Like officials elsewhere in the country, Orange County health officials are responding to rising COVID-19 incidences by telling residents to get tested, to wear masks properly and to get vaccinated.

“As we gather to honor those who died while serving our country this Memorial Day weekend and as we begin planning for summer events, we need to help support one another and reduce the risk of transmission, especially to those who may be at higher risk or unknowingly be at risk of getting infected,” says Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong, County Health Officer. “Masking indoors or at crowded gatherings as well getting fully vaccinated and boosted remain the best way to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19.”


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