New cases up, but arc declining

CORONAVIRUS stats in Orange County showed improvement over a five-week arc, although today’s new case count showed an increase (Shutterstock).

Daily counts of new coronavrius cases, deaths, hospitalizations and ICU use continue to rise and fall in Orange County, but the overall trend is encouraging.

Friday’s report from the county health care agency shows an increase in new cases from 198 on Thursday to 244 today. Deaths remained steady at five, hospitalizations ticked up from 207 to 210 and the use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 patients ticked down from 40 to 39.

However a comparison of key statistics on Fridays over a five-week period show a downward arc generally.

  • New cases on Sept. 17 were 394 and deaths seven
  • New cases on Sept. 24 were 356 and deaths 13
  • New cases on Oct. 1 were 270 and deaths four
  • New cases on Oct. 8 are 260 and deaths 12.
  • New cases on Oct. 15 are 244 and deaths five.

To date, Orange County has had 301,188 cases, of which 289,357 are considered recovered. The death total is 5,518.

Nationally, The New York Times is reporting that new cases (over a 14-day period) are down 22 percent and deaths by 6 percent.

In California, Los Angeles Times reports that (over a similar period) new cases have declined 29 percent. Deaths are down 9 percent.

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