“Dark winter” coming true?

ORANGE COUNTY coronavirus stats for Saturday show increases across all categories (Shutterstock).

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious disease, warned Americans of a “dark winter.” As we approach the start of winter on Monday, the coronavirus situation does look darker.

In Orange County, cases, deaths, hospitalizations and patients in intensive care units rose, in some cases for new highs or near-highs, according to the county health care agency.

New COVID-19 infections reported increased from 2,594 on Saturday to 3,445 on Sunday. Deaths jumped from three to 26, hospital cases of coronavirus rose from 1,557 to 1,601 and ICU slots taken by corona patients climbed from 358 to 361.

In the Southern California Region, which includes Orange County, the adjusted availability ICU beds remains at zero, with the unadjusted percentage is at 11.6, which is actually a small improvement. The goal is to be higher than 15 percent.

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

  • Santa Ana: 23,656 (354)
  • Anaheim: 20,289 (378)
  • Garden Grove: 7,365 (126)
  • Orange: 5,731 (81)
  • Fullerton: 5,568 (129)
  • Huntington Beach: 4,843 (94)

Westminster has 3,045 cases and 38 deaths. Stanton has 1,503 cases and 21 deaths.

At the global level, Johns Hopkins University is reporting over 79 million cases, with 17.6 million in the U.S. Deaths across the world are tallied at 1.68 million, with 316,000 in the U.S.

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