Better COVID stats today

CORONAVIRUS numbers for Orange County look better on Thursday (Pexels/Anna Shvets).

The latest figures on coronavirus in Orange County are out and they show 158 new cases and seven more deaths.

According to the county health agency, Thursday’s report shows declines from Wednesday both in new cases (from 194) and deaths (from 19). The total number of COVID-19 cases so far in the county are 53.909, of which 48,548 are considered recovered.

One hundred seventy-three cases are hospitalized (up from 72) with 45 in intensive care units (down from 48).

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, and they are updated each Tuesday.

On a wider scale, John Hopkins University shows 34,137,200 global cases, up from 33,808,562 in Wednesday’s tally, an increase of over 33,000 new infections.

In the U.S., the total is now at 7,273,943, compared to 7,225,895, a hike of over 48,000.

Global deaths are at 1,017,083, compared to 1,010,642, an increase of 6,441. In the U.S., the number of recorded deaths are at 207,743, up from 206,825 on Wednesday, a difference of 918.

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