Orange County

Coronavirus count at record 779

ORANGE COUNTY’S daily count of coronavirus cases showed 779 new cases Tuesday, a new high (Pexels).

The biggest level of confirmed new Orange County coronavirus cases since counting began was reported in Tuesday’s totals at 779.

That’s an increase of 239 above the previous high, recorded in the Orange County Health Care Agency on Saturday, June 27.

Readers should note that the OCHCA announced that one tabulating system was “down” for a period and the totals may reflect a “catching up” on statistics.

The OC was on Monday placed on a “watch list” of California counties being monitored by the California Department of Public Health for worsening trends of COVID-19 infections.

According to the OCHCA, the new cumulative total of cases to date is 13,843, of which 1,143 are from skilled nursing facilities, 399 are inmates of county jails and 103 homeless persons.

The report adds that 7,423 cases are considered to be recovered.

Ten new deaths were reported, bringing that total to 340, which includes 175 from skilled nursing facilities and two homeless people.

Five hundred and 10 cases are currently hospitalized, with 176 currently in intensive care units.

The “testing positivity percent,” a key metric in tracking the severity of the pandemic, shows 9.9 percent; that’s above the state threshold of “greater than 8 percent.” It indicates that nearly one of 10 tested for coronavirus has been infected.

Sunday’s “positivity” was reported at 9.2 percent.

The count by city of cases and deaths due to COVID-19 is now available.

The leaders are Santa Ana with 2,850 cases and 89 deaths, followed by Anaheim (2,591 and 84), Garden Grove (772 and nine), Huntington Beach (637 and 38) and Orange (618 and 15).

Westminster has 285 cases and nine deaths; Stanton has 170 cases and three deaths.

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