coronavirus

County still earning its “yellow”

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

On Wednesday, the first day that Orange County officially became “yellow,” coronavirus numbers stayed low.

According to the county health care agency, the number of confirmed new cases rose slightly from 48 on Tuesday to 51 on Wednesday. Deaths went from zero to three.

Hospitalizations for coronavirus declined from 78 to 70, and patients being treated for COVID-19 intensive care units increased from 14 to 15.

To date, cases in Orange County have totaled 254,882, of which 248,251 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 5,034.

Nationally, The New York Times estimates that – over a two-week period – cases have decreased 35 percent and deaths by 12 percent. Across California, says the Los Angeles Times, cases are down 22 percent and deaths by 43 percent.

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