By IAN WHEELER
Starting next week, Orange County and others around California will have to show they’re paying close attention to neighborhoods that have been hit harder than others by the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s the goal of the state Department of Public Health’s new health equity metric, a third test that will decide in which of the pandemic tracking system’s four tiers a county falls into – and therefore which business and public sectors can reopen.
The new measure, announced Wednesday, Sept. 30, will be checked alongside two existing metrics – rates of new cases and shares of tests that come back positive – which give state and county health officials a sense of the virus’s speed and spread.
The new metric will be included in the state’s next weekly tier update on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
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