We’re still “yellow” as cases fall

KIDS 12 to 15 are the next to be vaccinated (Shutterstock).

As expected, Orange County remains in the “yellow” or minimal tier for risk from the coronavirus. Tuesday’s weekly update from the California Department of Public Health shows Orange and Los Angeles as the only counties in Southern California with that status.

At the county level, statistics posted Tuesday showed continuing decreases in vital metrics measuring the impact of COVID-19 here.

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, confirmed new cases dropped from 26 on Sunday to 22 on Monday. Deaths declined from three to two, and hospitalizations slipped from 76 to 72.

The number of patients being treated for the virus in intensive care units went from 11 to nine.

To date, Orange County has had 255,070 cases, of which 248,552 have been judged recovered. Deaths are at 5,054.

Across the United States, cases have declined by 37 percent over the past two weeks, and deaths by 13 percent, according to The New York Times. The Los Angeles Times reports that – in California – cases have dropped 29 percent and deaths 30 percent over a similar period.

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