New cases in “winter surge”?

CORONAVIRUS numbers in Orange County are up for three-day period of Friday to Monday (Shutterstock),

A predicted “winter surge” in new coronavirus cases might be reflected in recent counts of COVID-19 infections in Orange County.

According to the county health care agency, Monday’s three-day tally was 1,355, which work out to a rounded average of 452 cases, up from Friday’s 449 and Thursday’s 316.

Other categories had different results. Deaths declined from five to two and hospitalizations dropped from 198 to 195.  The count of people being treated for coronavirus in intensive care units remained steady at 56.

So far, Orange County has had 320,186 cases, of which 306,268 are considered recovered. The total deaths are at 5,853.

Across the nation, The New York Times is reporting that new cases are up 21 percent and deaths up by 9 percent across a 14-day period. In California, however, new cases are down 5 percent and deaths by 28 percent, according to Los Angeles Times over a similar period.

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