Schools, Businesses May Reopen Soon, as Orange County Removed from CA's Watchlist

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Schools and businesses in Orange County may reopen in the next two weeks, as the O.C. was removed from the state's COVID-19 monitoring list Sunday. 

The county will need to maintain a coronavirus case rate below 100 cases per 100,000 residents for the next 14-days, for in-class instruction, and the state's health officer has to authorize any reopening. The 14-day coronavirus case rate per 100,000 O.C. residents stands at 90.2.

Orange County was added to Gov. Newson's watchlist in June, and a mandated a statewide mask policy was instituted on June 18. The OC Sheriff said he wouldn't enforce it. Newsom said he would withhold funding from California counties who don't heed COVID-19 rules.

On Saturday, O.C.'s seven-day testing positivity rate stood at 5.4% — well below the state’s required 8%. 

The county reported a total of 45,954 coronavirus cases and 897 deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of Monday.