San Diego and Orange Counties Removed From Coronavirus Watch List

San Diego became the first county in Southern California to be removed from the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list on August 18 after reporting less than 100 new cases per 100,000 residents for three consecutive days. Five days later, Orange County was also removed from the list.

If San Diego and Orange stay off the watch list for 14 days, their schools will be able to open for in-person learning. Orange County's interim health officer, Dr. Clayton Chau, has said all K-12 schools could potentially reopen by September. Elementary schools in Los Alamitos have already been granted permission to reopen for live instruction through the waiver process. 

Orange County was first added to the monitoring list on June 29. San Diego had been on the list since July 5. 


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