Good news as June 15 nears

NEW CORONAVIRUS deaths in Orange County are at two, according to Thursday’s report (Shutterstock).

As the calendar moves toward the long-awaited “reopening” on June 15, the numbers from the Orange County Health Care Agency continue to show that the battle against the coronavirus continues on course.

Thursday’s statistics report that already-low numbers of new confirmed cases and deaths are declining, and that tallies of hospitalizations from the virus and patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units are well within what the medical care community can handle.

New cases went from 31 on Wednesday to 25 on Thursday. Deaths dropped from three to two. Hospitalizations rose from 58 to 60 and ICU use from 14 to 16.

To date, there have been 255,349 cases of coronavirus in the OC, of which 249,205 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 5,070.

Nationally, new cases are down 46 percent, according to The New York Times, and deaths 35 percent. In California, the Los Angeles Times tells a different story, with new cases rising by 11 percent and deaths by 28 percent.  Both measurements are based on a 14-day average.

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