Although Orange County didn’t make it into the less restrictive “yellow” tier on Tuesday, Wednesday’s numbers on the coronavirus showed continued improvement.
According to the county health agency, confirmed new cases declined from 72 on Tuesday to 47 on Wednesday. Deaths went from nine to one. Hospitalizations dropped from 97 to 89 and patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units ticked down from 26 to 25.
Overall, cases to date in Orange County are at 254,165, of which 246,902 have been judged recovered. Deaths are at 4,979.
At the state level, the Los Angeles Times is estimating that – averaged over a 14-day period – new cases have declined 19 percent and deaths by 13 percent. At national level, The New York Times projects that new cases are down 26 percent over two weeks, and deaths by 2 percent.
An estimated 77 percent of American adults have been either fully vaccinated or have received one dose, claims the NYT. For California, the total is thought to be 81.3 percent, reports the LAT.