Orange County

More progress vs. coronavirus

TUESDAY’S Orange County coronavirus metrics continue to be encouraging (Shutterstock).

So far, so good.

Tuesday’s figures on the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County continued to be encouraging as the metrics today point toward possible loosening of restrictions on business, education and recreation.

According to the county health care agency, the daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 is at 5.6.  That’s better than the state standard of no more than the seven cases per 10,000. The test positivity rate is at 5 percent, better than the standard of no more than 8 percent. Both are in the county’s “widespread” tier.

After 21 days, a county can be moved to a higher tier, and the OC goals for “substantial,” of 4 to 7 daily new cases per 100,000 and 5-8 percent in the test positivity category, appear to be met for the time being.

Tier changes – if any – will be announced on Sept. 8.

However, both categories are seven-day averages with a seven-day lag.

Tuesday’s report from the OCHCA shows 287 new cases, bringing the cumulative total to 48,825. Of those, 41,860 are considered to be recovered.

Eight deaths were reported on Tuesday, bringing that total to 988. Three hundred and seven cases are hospitalized with 93 of those in intensive care units.

Here is a list of OC cities with the most cases. Deaths are in parenthesis.

  • Santa Ana: 9,431 (239).
  • Anaheim: 8,396 (221).
  • Garden Grove: 2,661 (64).
  • Huntington Beach: 2,243 (63).
  • Orange: 2,225 (46).

Westminster has 940 cases and 23 deaths; Stanton has 611 cases and 11 deaths.

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