Cases up over holiday weekend

NEW CASES of coronavirus in Orange County rose over the holiday weekend (Shutterstock),

New cases of coronavirus in Orange County showed an increase over the Thanksgiving weekend.

According to the county health care agency, the five-day count covering Thursday through Monday was for 1,226 new cases. That works to an average of 245.2 per day, compared to last Wednesday’s tally of 180.

Deaths – also a five-day total – were 35, averaging to seven per day, a drop from Wednesday’s nine reported fatalities tied to the virus.

Hospitalizations are at 181 (up from 179) and the number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units slipped to 43 from 45.

To date, Orange County has had 312,523 cases, of which 300,879 are considered recovered. The total of deaths is 5,710.

Nationally, new cases are up 3 percent over a 14-day period, according to The New York Times, and deaths down by 10 percent. In California, new cases are down 25 percent, but deaths are up 33 percent, reports Los Angeles Times.


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