The county of 10 million people was one of several that moved into the state’s orange tier, which is the second-least restrictive of California’s four-tier system.,The International Olympic Committee and International Paralympic Committee said they fully respect and accept the move

Placer County is one of 13 California counties that have moved Sunday to the red tier of California’s COVID-19 reopening framework, loosening some restrictions.,The counties became eligible to move from the purple tier (“widespread”) to the red tier (“substantial” spread) after the state hit its goal Friday of delivering 2 million COVID-19 doses to communities hit hardest by the pandemic, triggering new thresholds.,Butte County has qualified to move from the most stringent purple tier to the less-restrictive red tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening plan.,For a county to move down to the red tier, there should be a case rate of 4-7 per 100,000 residents with a 5-8% test positivity rate. read more

The OC Health Care Agency reported 658 new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, Feb. 16, increasing the cumulative total in the county to 243,163  cases since tracking began.,The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process.,An estimated 8,455 cases of the virus have been recorded in Orange County in the last 14 days.,The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:

85 and older: 32.96% (1,193, up 14) read more

The pandemic exacerbated the decline of print advertising, an ongoing trend for our newsroom and the industry, but people kept coming to our news because it helped them, brought some joy or added necessary information to an important conversation.,But faced with another mostly virtual semester and a struggling local economy, we had to make a difficult choice as we prepared for the spring:

The Daily Tar Heel is moving to weekly print production.,But the majority of the UNC community won’t be walking through campus this semester, so by shifting our focus away from print, we can concentrate more resources to make our digital news even more relevant and helpful.,As we prepare for the spring semester, know The Daily Tar Heel is strong and ready to be here for you when news happens.,As always: print news, raise read more

District 3 board member Mike Jones, an investigator with the Virginia State Police, said he assumes a certain level of risk with his job each day.,“Last week, when we walked out of this meeting, I felt like I’d been hit with a two-by-four.”,He said in the past week, he’s had multiple conversations with teachers and parents, adding, “We need to appreciate and understand the balanced hand of leadership.”,District 2 representative and board chair Sherrie Page said she couldn’t eat nor sleep for days after last week’s meeting and that the decision to pause the winter sports season, “ripped me to the core.”,However, she said the superintendent’s job is to consider data and, with the guidance of the health district, suggested if the board didn’t heed that recommendation it would be “irresponsible.”