3-day avg. shows drop, but ….

THE LATEST report on the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County shows a decline in new cases (based on a three-day average) but a stubbornly high total (Shutterstock).

The three-day total of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Orange County reported on Monday was 2,117. That’s an average of 707 per day.

(Orange County Health Care Agency no longer reports on Saturday and Sunday, so Monday’s tally is a total for those three days.)

The average of 707 represents a decline from Friday’s count of 933, but is still among the highest numbers since the virus began resurging this summer.

Deaths remained at two per day, and hospitalizations took a jump to 538 from 498 on Friday. The count of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units is at 124, up from Friday’s 120.

To date, Orange County has had 275,964 cases, of which 255,226 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 5,158.

At the national level, cases are up 64 percent over a 14-day period, according to The New York Times. Deaths have risen 113 percent. In California, cases are up 40 percent and deaths by 76 percent, reports the Los Angeles Times for a similar period.

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