December 29, 2020

On December 29, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that the Southern California Region will remain under the State of California’s “Regional Stay-at-Home Order.” The County of Orange, along with 10 other Southern California Counties, were originally placed under the State’s Regional Stay-at-Home Order on December 3, 2020.

As a result, Orange County residents will continue to be required to stay at home as much as possible and not gather with other households to reduce exposure due to our region’s available intensive care unit (ICU) capacity being under 15 percent.

The Southern California Region may come out of the Stay-at-Home Order if at such time hospital ICU capacity projected four weeks out reaches above or equal to 15 percent.

Then, individual counties such as the County of Orange will return to the appropriate Blueprint for a Safer Economy tier as determined by case rate and test positivity. If the ICU capacity for the Southern California Region is less than 15 percent after the 3-week period, the ICU capacity will be assessed weekly to determine when the order can be lifted.

For more information, visit the State’s COVID-19 website.