For the first time in four days, the numbers from the Orange County Health Care Agency offered a positive note in the battle against the coronavirus.
On Monday, the OCHCA reported 120 COVID-positive cases, a decline from 283 in Sunday’s report. Just one death was reported: one more than zero on Sunday, but less than the five on Saturday.
Not all the numbers were encouraging. The number of cases hospitalized rose to 168 from 155 on Sunday, and the number of cases in intensive care units is 53, compared to 47 on Sunday.
Monday’s numbers show 54,760 cumulative cases in the OC, with 48,923 considered recovered.
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.
Looking at international and national statistics from Johns Hopkins University
- 35,341,774 cases worldwide, compared to 35,016,152 on Sunday.
- 7,451,774 cases in the United States, compared to 7,416,126 on Sunday.
- 1,039,171 deaths worldwide, compared to 1,034,974 on Sunday.
- 210,109 deaths in the U.S., compared to 209,787 on Sunday.