It was another day of mixed news on the battle against COVID-19.
Wednesday’s report from the Orange County Health Care Agency on the coronavirus pandemic showed 194 new confirmed cases, up from 109 on Tuesday and from 133 on Monday. That brings the cumulative total of OC cases to date to 53,751. Of those, 48,326 are considered recovered.
Today’s report shows 19 deaths, down from 33 on Tuesday, but up from zero on Monday and two on Sunday. Total fatalities to date in the county are 1,268.
The number of cases currently hospitalized is 172 (up from 162 in Tuesday’s report) with 48 cases in intensive care units (compared to 46).
Public health officials caution against reading too much into daily tallies. The key metrics that classify counties into “tiers” is based on the twin metrics of test positivity percent and number of positive cases per 100,000. Each of those is computed using a seven-day average with a seven-day lag.
Orange County is now in the “red” (substantial) tier, with residents and others hoping to be promoted to the less restrictive “orange” or moderate tier.
On the global scale, Johns Hopkins University’s figures show 1,010,642 global deaths from COVID-19, with 206,825 in the United States, 142,921 in Brazil and 97,497 in India.
The count of global cases is now 33,808,562 with 7,225,895 in the U.S., followed by 6,225,763 in India and 4,77,522 in Brazil.