After a huge spike on Wednesday, the count of confirmed new cases of coronavirus in Orange County tumbled to a lower but still historic level on Thursday.
The use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 victims declined from 169 to 158.
To date, Orange County has had 422,418 cases, of which 314,541 are considered recovered. The total of deaths is at 5,916.
Nationally, The New York Times is reporting a 159 percent increase – over a 14-day period – in new cases and a 51 percent hike in deaths.