New COVID-19 cases hit peak

THE NUMBER of new coronavirus in Orange County rose to 777 on Thursday (Shutterstock).

The tally of new confirmed cases of coronavirus in Orange County has hit another peak.

According to the county health care agency, Thursday’s total is at 777, the highest one-day sum in months. That’s up from 92 on Wednesday, but the comparison is not completely apt as that was a partial day’s count.

Deaths rose from zero to three. Hospitalizations rose from 375 to 409 and the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units ticked up from 68 to 69.

Since the start of the pandemic, Orange County has had 267,908 cases, of which 252,291 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 5,146.

Nationally, new cases – over a 14-day period – have risen 131 percent, according to The New York Times. Deaths have increased 65 percent.

In California, the Los Angeles Times reports that new cases are up by 98 percent and deaths by 55 percent over a similar period.

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