Four for four on good news

CONFIRMED new corona cases in Orange County decreased in Monday’s report. Also down were deaths, hospitalizations and ICU use (Shutterstock).

Monday’s report on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County showed improvements in all four major categories.

According to the county health care agency, Monday’s total of confirmed new cases – which included data from Saturday and Sunday as well – was 705, which averages out to 235 per day, better than Friday’s number of 275.

Deaths declined from nine to five and hospitalizations dipped from 219 to 204. The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units dipped from 57 to 56.

To date, Orange County has had 309,245 cases, of which 297,046 are considered recovered. The total number of deaths is 5,648.

At the national level, new cases are up by 11 percent over a 14-day period, according to The New York Times. Deaths have declined 16 percent. In California, cases are down 48 percent and deaths by nine percent over a similar period, reports Los Angeles Times.

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