coronavirus

New COVID cases in big drop

NEW CASES of coronavirus in Orange County declined sharply on Wednesday (Shutterstock),

Two up, two down.

In Wednesday’s report from the Orange County Health Care Agency on the state of the coronavirus pandemic, two major metrics were encouraging, and two were discouraging.

According to the OCHCA, confirmed new cases dropped sharply from 433 to 259. Also, the count of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units fell from 95 to 85.

On the other side of the ledger, deaths increased from three to eight, and hospitalizations rose from 311 to 326.

The total number of Orange County cases is at 294,567, with 279,237 considered recovered. Deaths are at 5,363.

Nationally, The New York Times reports that – over a 14-day period – new cases declined 12 percent, while deaths were up 36 percent. In California, new cases are down 27 percent and deaths up 23 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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