coronavirus

Cases surging but deaths aren’t

CONFIRMED NEWS CASES of coronavirus in Orange County surged to an average of 3,857 in Monday’s report. (Shutterstock).

New cases, hospitalizations and usage of the intensive care units in the daily report of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County continues to surge, but deaths remain at a relatively low level.

According to the county health care agency, new cases in Monday’s report totalled 15,427. Since the OCHA did not report statistics over the New Year’s weekend, the average over the four-day period is 3,857. That’s up from 3,402 on Thursday and 2,749 on Wednesday.

Deaths rose from two to five, while hospitalizations increased from 420 to 545 and the count of COVID-19 patients being treated in intensive care units jumped from 86 to 5,895.

So far, Orange County has had 351,590 cases of which 310,336 are considered recovered. Deaths now total 104.

Nationally, The New York Times is reporting that – over a 14-day period – new cases are up 204 percent and deaths down by 3 percent. In California, new cases – over a similar period – are up 358 percent and deaths down 21 percent, according to Los Angeles Times.

Public health officials say that the vast majority of new cases are from the Omicron variant of the disease.

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