Sudden lifting of stay-at-home order surprises and relieves Orange County businesses

At this point, it’s impossible to say how quickly Orange County’s case rate and other pandemic tracking metrics could fall to qualify it for less restrictive tiers, said Andrew Noymer, a professor of public health at UC Irvine. “We’re seeing things moving in the right direction, and the stay-at-home order is lifted, but we’re still purple,” Noymer said. “If we were a little further along, if we were in February now, I would say it’s less likely that we’re going to see another peak” in new cases and hospitalizations. [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here:]