Orange County

Coronavirus numbers still rising

NEW CORONAVIRUS cases in Orange County were reported at 652 on Thursday. (Shutterstock).

The numbers from the Orange County Health Care Agency’s daily count of coronavirus cases, deaths and more continued to show movement in what health experts are calling the wrong direction.

Thursday’s count of new confirmed cases was at 652, one of the highest tallies since the tracking begun. That brings the cumulative today to 15,065, of which about 1700 persons were from skilled nursing facilities, county jails and the homeless population.

Note to reader: Computer problems June 25-27 may have caused a “lag” in tabulating earlier results.

Of that total, 7,862 people are considered to be recovered.

Nine new deaths were reported, raising the total to 354, of which 181 were skilled nursing facility patients and two were the homeless.

Other statistics from the OCHCA showed some additional areas of concern. The case rate per 100,000 was up to 152.5 per 100,000 of population. That’s well above the acceptable threshold of 25 per 100,000.

Additionally, the “positivity” rate of what percentage of people tested got a “positive” result rose to 12 percent, compared to the threshold of 8 percent. The change in a three-day average of hospitalized is at 11.4 percent, above the threshold of 10 percent.

The city counts show Santa Ana with 3,061 cases and 95 deaths. Following are Anaheim (2,818 and 86), Garden Grove (823 and nine), Huntington Beach (717 and 40) and Orange (629 and 15).  Westminster has 301 cases and 10 deaths while Stanton has 184 and three deaths.

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