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New case count remains high

CORONAVIRUS numbers in Orange County remain high in Tuesday’s report (Shutterstock),

Coronavirus numbers continue to be high, in Orange County and elsewhere, as the predicted “winter surge” persists.

According to the county health care agency, there were 987 confirmed new cases in Tuesday’s count. That’s down from Monday’s four-day average of 1,295, but above last Thursday’s 655.

Deaths declined from 13 to six, but hospitalizations rose from 282 to 322. The number of people being treated in intensive care units for COVID-19 is stable at 66.

To date, Orange County has had 330,012 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 308,307 are considered recovered. The death toll is 5,883.

Nationally, the numbers are up dramatically. The New York Times is reporting that – over a 14-day period – new cases are up by 105 percent, although deaths have declined by 5 percent.

In California, new cases have risen by 204 percent while deaths are down by 18 percent.

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