After decline, cases rise again

MASKS are still in fashion as coronavirus cases mount (Shutterstock).

All four major measurements of the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County showed increases in Friday’s report.

The county health care agency’s count of COVID positive cases was 8,257, up from 5,916 on Thursdays. It’ll still lower than Wednesday’s all-time one-day club to 11,092.

Deaths rose from two to five.

Hospitalizations climbed from 1,072 to 1,154 and the use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 patients went from 158 to 171.

So far, Orange County had had 430,675 coronavirus cases, of which 315,135 are considered recovered. The total number of deaths is 5,921.

The OCHA also reported that 2.357 million countians have been fully vaccinated (out of an estimate 3.5 million) and that 975,937 have received booster shots.

At the national level, The New York Times is reporting – over a 14-day period – that new cases are up 133 percent and deaths up by 53 percent. In California, new cases are up 330 percent and deaths by 113 percent, according to Los Angeles Times.

To our readers: Because of the Dr. Martin Luther King Day observance on Monday, the OCHA will not issue new statistics on the coronavirus until Tuesday, Jan. 18.



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