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Orange County cases go up to 256

THE LATEST information about the coronavirus (COVID-19), especially in Orange County (Shutterstock).

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Orange County has risen to 256, according to OC’s Health Care Agency.

The count on Thursday showed a sharp increase from 187 the day before, but health officials say that number reflects an increase in the number of people tested, rather than necessarily an increase in actual cases of infection.

More males than females are reported with the virus (152 to 104) and so far there has been just one fatality in the county. The age group with the most cases is those 18 to 49 years old with 140 people; the least – one person – is those under 18 years of age.

The HCA has promised it will shortly start reporting confirmed cases by city.

Garden Grove extends emergency order

The City of Garden Grove on Thursday extended its local emergency order through Friday, April 17. City facilities will continue to be closed to the public, street sweeping parking citations will be suspended as will water shut-offs for non-payment.

For the complete city order, go to:

Westminster to tackle evictions

A special meeting of the Westminster City Council has been called for today (Friday) at 1 p.m. to consider a temporary moratorium on evicting tenants, an emergency action to take effect immediately on adoption.

The meeting will be conducted via teleconference and be available for viewing online at

Stanton planners won’t meet

The Stanton Planning Commission scheduled for Wednesday, April 1 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus and a county health order.

The next regular meeting of the commission is set for Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m.

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