Orange County

Corona numbers drop … maybe

TWO HUNDRED SEVENTY THREE cases were reported Monday by the Orange County Health Care Agency (Pexels/Anna Shvets).

UPDATE: It’s possible that Monday’s good news about the number of new coronavirus cases might not be quite as good as originally thought.  In a note posted on its website, the Orange County Health Care Agency stated: “CDPH [California Department of Public Health] is experiencing an issue processing electronic laboratory reports from some labs. As a result, there are reduced tests and cases reported due to the delay with receiving these reports.”  The Tribune will publish updated data as it is received.

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New reports of COVID-19 cases plunged in Monday’s numbers, according to the Orange County Health Care Authority’s latest update.

The new tally is 273, a sharp drop from 420’s Sunday total, and a big decline from last Monday’s total of 990 cases. According to the OCHCA, the cumulative total is now 34,646, of which 20,148 are considered recovered. Two new deaths were reported; that total is now 566.

Another encouraging sign is the test positivity percentage, which indicates that portion of those people tested for the coronavirus actually have been infected, regardless of whether they have symptoms. The new figure is 11.7 percent. While that number is still higher than the goal of 8 percent, it’s lower than Sunday’s 12.1 and Saturday’s 12.7.

Here’s a list of the OC cities with the most cases. Deaths are in parentheses.

  • Santa Ana: 6,492 (143).
  • Anaheim: 5,896 (141).
  • Garden Grove: 1,836 (18).
  • Huntington Beach: 1,626 (45).
  • Orange: 1,597 (21).

Westminster has 639 cases and 16 deaths; Stanton has 406 cases and five deaths.

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