With the exception of deaths, other major measurements of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County continue to show steep increases.
Monday’s report from the county health agency show that over the three-day period, 22,945 confirmed new cases were tallied, an average of 7,648 per day. Friday’s total was 6,428 and Thursday’s was 6,266.
Deaths, however, declined from three to two, underlining the conclusion that while the Omicron variant – believed to be the spark behind the surge – was more easily transmissible but is also less dangerous.
Nationally, the number of new cases – over a 14-day period – rose by 216 percent, according to The New York Times – with deaths up by 17 percent. California’s numbers are higher, with cases up 1,039 percent and deaths by 138 percent, reports Los Angeles Times.