The coronavirus pandemic, supercharged by the Omicron variant, is continuing to fill hospital beds and intensive care units in Orange County.
Tuesday’s report from the county health care agency, showed 24,639 confirmed new cases. Divided by four days – no report was made Monday because of the Martin Luther King Day holiday – the average was 6,160 daily cases.
Deaths were tallied at 17, which averages to 4.25 per day.
Hospitalizations rose from 1,154 to 1,197 and the use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 patients increased from 171 to 199.
So far, Orange County has had 455,314 cases, of which 319,023 are considered recovered. The death toll is at 5,938.
Nationally, The New York Times is reporting that new cases are up 62 percent and deaths by 54 percent over a 14-day period. In California, new cases have risen by 251 percent over a similar period, according to Los Angeles Times. Deaths have increased by 87 percent.
Johns Hopkins University has counted 332 million cases worldwide and 5.51 million deaths. In the U.S., there have been 67 million cases and 853,340 deaths.