Friday’s numbers on the coronavirus pandemic indicated that the recent surge in new cases – in Orange County and elsewhere – is not over.
According to Friday’s report from the county health care agency, new confirmed cases more than doubled from 447 on Thursday to 930. Hospitalizations jumped from 565 to 592 and the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units rose from 122 to 132.
To date, Orange County has had 283,573 cases, of which 261,680 are considered recovered. Deaths are at 5,202.
Nationally, The New York Times is reporting that – over a 14-day period – new cases are up 24 percent and deaths by 100 percent. For California, Los Angeles Times reports a 21 percent increase in cases over a similar period, and a 104 percent rise in deaths.