There are some encouraging signs in Monday’s report on the coronavirus from the Orange County Health Care Agency, but placing too much emphasis on one day’s numbers can be misleading, medical professionals have warned.
The three-day total – results are not released on weekends – of confirmed new cases is at 1,855. That works out to an average of 618.33 cases per day, compared to Friday’s one-day number of 820.
Deaths declined from seven on Friday to two in Monday’s report, and hospitalizations ticked down from 571 to 570. Intensive care use for treating COVID-19 patients dropped from 137 to 116.
To date, coronavirus cases in Orange County have totaled 281,092, of which 258,702 are considered recovered. The death toll is at 5,178.
National and state numbers offer some potentially encouraging results, at least as far as new cases are concerned. The New York Times is reporting that confirmed new cases – on a 14-day average – were up 36 percent. That compares to last Monday’s figure of a 64 percent increase.
In California, over a similar period, the Los Angeles Times is reporting a 31 percent increase in new cases, compared to 40 percent one week ago.
The deaths are totals are a mixed bag. The latest national tally of deaths is up 95 percent, compared to 113 percent last week. In California, deaths are up 113 percent, compared to 76 percent on Aug. 16.
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