LA County could move out of the state's most restrictive coronavirus tier sometime next month if the numbers keep heading the way they've been going.
That's according to public health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer, who says the test positivity rate actually is so low the county would qualify for the orange tier, the next-to-least restrictive level.
But Dr. Ferrer says the daily average of new cases per 100,000 people still is a bit over 8.
It has to go below 7 for the county to move out of the purple tier.
Ferrer said "last week we saw the lowest test positivity rate to date at around 3.4 percent. This means that almost 97 percent of the tests that people took for COVID-19 ended up being negative. Just a month ago, in mid-August, this rate was around 5 percent."
There have 30 new coronavirus deaths pushing the total above 6300 since the beginning of the pandemic.
More than 1,100 more people have tested positive. Total infections now top 256,000.