After four days of encouraging declines, the count of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Orange County more than doubled in Friday’s report.
According to the county health care agency, the number of new cases hit 933, twice as many as Thursday’s count of 465. Deaths stayed even at two, and hospitalizations rose slightly from 497 to 498.
The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units declined from 126 to 120.
To date, cases in the OC total 273,847, of which 254,308 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 5,156.
Looking at the national picture, The New York Times is reporting that new cases rose by 76 percent over a 14-year period, and deaths by 92 percent. The Los Angeles Times’ statistics for California – over a similar period – shows new cases up 20 percent and deaths up 54.7 percent.