OC Continuing to Reopen Despite 6 More Deaths, Mask Requirements


As six more people die of COVID-19 in Orange County, bringing the total to 142, with 100 new cases reported, the Orange County Public Health Thursday made cloth face-coverings a requirement for all residents and visitors in public places patronizing businesses or at work, if at least six feet of social distancing isn't possible. 

Despite new cases and deaths, several types of businesses continue to reopen -- hair salons, barbershops, restaurants (indoor dining), and shopping in retail stores. 

Last week, the county won approval from the state as Gov. Gavin Newsom downgraded the restrictions for reopening in SoCal. 

Within Orange County, 5,744 people have tested positive for the virus with a total, 112,004 people have been tested.

Despite predictions by leading researchers that reopening could result in a rising number of deaths in months to come, Orange County has seen several protests to pressure local government to fast-track reopening. 

A University of Washington report predicts that California will see 7,558 deaths by Aug. 4.