Orange County

We’re off watch list for 3rd day

ORANGE COUNTY is off the state coronavirus watch list for the third straight day (Flickr/Tim Darnell).

The number of coronavirus-related deaths passed the 900 mark, but results from Tuesday’s report from the Orange County Health Care Agency kept the county off the state watch list for the third straight day.

Fifteen deaths – up from none on Monday brought the total fatalities from COVID-19 to 912. New cases were 335, a drop from Monday’s 353. The to-date total of cases countywide is 46,642, of which 38,450 are considered recovered.

Other indicators helped support another day off the watch list.  Test positivity – a measure of how many people tested who turn out to actually be infected – continued to decline, moving from 5.4 percent Monday to 5.3 percent today.

Also within thresholds (or goals) are ICU beds available and ventilators available.  A county must be off the watch list for 15 days before schools can open for in-person instruction, but final decisions on re-opening are up to local school districts. Orange County would be back on the list if it exceeded OCHCA standards for three consecutive days.

Here is a list of Orange County cities with the most cases, along with numbers from two other area cities. Deaths are in parentheses:

  • Santa Ana: 9,071 (226).
  • Anaheim: 8,006 (211).
  • Garden Grove: 2,536 (51).
  • Orange: 2,129 (41)
  • Huntington Beach: 2,093 (59).

Westminster has 889 cases and 22 deaths; Stanton has 584 cases and 10 deaths.

For complete Orange County stats, go to



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