Reversing a trend of declines continuing over several weeks, some statistics on the coronavirus in Orange County – and California – are moving upward
After plunging into the teens, the number of new confirmed cases has risen into the mid-50s, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. After skidding to 11 on Wednesday, the number rose to 28 on Thursday, to 55 on Friday and 56 on Saturday.
Deaths are up from one on Thursday to three on Friday and four on Saturday. Hospitalizations are ticking up from 61 to 62 to 63 by today. Patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units are at 14, the same as on Friday.
To date, there have been 251,220 cases in Orange County, of which 248,901 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 5,063.
It’s probably much too early to find a trend in just three days of local statistics, but the Los Angeles Times estimates that, over a 14-day period, new cases in California have risen by 13 percent and deaths by 24 percent.
That contrasts with The New York Times estimate that nationally new coronavirus cases are down 36 percent and deaths by 20 percent.