Three of four statistics used to measure the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County rose in Friday’s report, but remained at historically low levels.
According to the county health care agency, the number of new confirmed cases jumped from 26 on Wednesday to 40 on Thursday. Deaths stayed level at two, while hospitalizations increased from 50 to 53. Patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units doubled from seven to 14.
To date, cases in the OC total 258,570, of which 249,521 are judged recovered. Deaths are at 5,092.
Nationwide, cases are down 36 percent, according to a 14-day estimate by The New York Times, and deaths are down 20 percent. In California, the Los Angeles Times estimates a 14 percent decline in cases and a 10 percent decrease in deaths, based on a two-week period.