New COVID-19 cases are up

HAND-WASHING, mask-wearing and social distancing are weapons against the spread of coronavirus, say health officials (Pexels/Cottonbro).

Reflecting perhaps a national trend, the number of new coronavirus cases in Orange County has risen three out of four days, including today (Monday).  Although the increase is modest, the concern is whether these small increases will be enough to keep the county from achieving its “orange” tier status, which will allow more opening up of the economy, education and more.

According to the county health care agency, confirmed new cases increased from 119 on Sunday to 123. Deaths dropped from 14 to one and hospitalizations from COVID-19 declined from 156 to 145.

However, the number of patients being treated in intensive care units for the virus went from 25 on Sunday to 29 on Monday.

The cumulative count of cases in Orange County is now at 250,431, of which 242,463 are considered recovered. Deaths now total 4,726.

Nationally, The New York Times is reporting that over the last 14 days, coronavirus cases have risen 15 percent. Deaths, on the other hand, are down 29 percent. The Times is also reporting that 16 percent of all American adults have been fully vaccinated and 29 percent have received at least one dose.

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

  • Santa Ana: 44,542 (827)
  • Anaheim: 41,460 (829)
  • Garden Grove: 16,447 (371)
  • Orange: 11,741 (249)
  • Fullerton: 11,208 (286)
  • Huntington Beach: 10,507 (207)
  • Irvine: 10,363 (80)

Westminster has had 7,077 cases and 190 deaths. Stanton has had 3,145 cases and 64 deaths.




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