OC’s death toll reaches 5,000

THE TOTAL count of deaths tied to COVID-19 in Orange County reached 5,000 on Friday (Shutterstock).

The number of coronavirus deaths in Orange County rose on Friday to the landmark total of 5,000.

Although the statistics released today by the county health care agency put the spotlight on a grim statistic of fatalities in the pandemic that’s now lasted over a year, the daily numbers showed a more encouraging picture. Three of the four major metrics showed declines.

Confirmed new cases fell to 30 from 38 the day before and deaths dropped from 13 to eight. Hospitalizations increased from 91 to 93, but patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units declined from 23 to 20.

Cases to date in the OC are at 254,231, of which 247,105 are considered recovered.

Nationally – according to estimates by The New York Times – the number of cases declined 27 percent over the last 14 days. Deaths fell by 4 percent.

In California, the Los Angeles Times calculates that cases are down 14 percent and deaths are down by 10 percent.

As for vaccinations, the number of adult Americans – combining those fully vaccinated and those with at least one dose – inoculated is put at 78 percent nationally by the NYT and 87.3 statewide by the LAT.

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