Orange County

Some good news on COVID-19

THERE’S some good news in Friday’s coronavirus stats for Orange County (Shutterstock).

On a day of otherwise discouraging news about the coronavirus pandemic, Orange County got a bit of good news on Friday (today).

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that most public schools would likely not be opening for in-person instruction in the fall, and rises in infection rates have been reported across the nation.

However, the count of daily COVID-19 cases reported to the OC health care agency fell sharply from Thursday’s tally, from 873 to 405. Deaths also declined, from 12 on Thursday to three on Friday.

So far, 28,309 cases have been reported in Orange County, of which 12,884 are considered to have recovered. Total deaths are at 469.

Friday’s stats show 682 people hospitalized with the virus, with 235 of them in intensive care units. Both numbers are down from the previous day.

Another encouraging sign was a decline in the test-positivity number from 14 percent to 13.9 percent. That’s a key indicator of how many people tested have been shown to have the infection, even if they have no symptoms.

The count for the top five cities with cases follows. Deaths are in parentheses.

  • Santa Ana: 5,324 (123).
  • Anaheim: 4,862 (115).
  • Garden Grove: 1,467 (14).
  • Huntington Beach: 1,387 (43).
  • Orange: 1,313 (16).

Westminster has 525 cases and 12 deaths; Stanton had 331 and four deaths.

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