Even as Orange County approached two grim milestones, there were signs of potentially better days ahead on the coronavirus front.
According to the county health care agency, the count of COVID-19 cases here since the pandemic began is nearing a half million. Monday’s count was 496,054.
However there are indications of improvement in the situation. On Monday, the three-day count (the OCHCA does not release statistics on the weekend) was 18,927. That works out to an average of 6,309 new cases per day, compared to Friday’s tally of 11,020.
Deaths – also a three-day total – were at 15, an average of five per day. Friday’s number was seven. Hospitalizations increased from 1,144 to 1,162 and the use of intensive care units to treat coronavirus rose from 188 to 195.
At the national and state level, there were other encouraging signs. The New York Times reported that – over a 14-day period – new cases across the United States had increased by 2 percent, a dramatic decline from earlier three-digit surges. Deaths are up 39 percent.
In California – also over a two-week interval – new cases declined by 16 percent, while deaths were up by 17 percent.