COVID numbers are plunging

THE COUNT of confirmed new coronavirus counts in Orange County decreased in Monday’s report (Shutterstock).

The daily count of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Orange County continues to plunge, along with related tallies of COVID-19’s impact locally.

According the county health care agency, today’s (Monday) total of new cases is 2,761, but that’s a four-day sum because of the observance of Lincoln’s Birthday on Friday. The daily average, therefore, is 690.25, down from 1,242 on Thursday and 1,414 on Wednesday.

Deaths – also a four-day total – are 50, which averages out to 12.5 per day. That compares with 43 on Thursday and 60 on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations declined to 453 from 588 on Friday and the use of intensive case units to treat coronavirus cases declined from 118 to 89.

To date, Orange County has had 532,297 cases of the virus, of which 478,803 are considered recovered. The total of deaths is at 6,358.

Across Orange County, 2,412,117 residents are reported to be fully vaccinated out of 3.1 million people. A booster shot has been administered to 1,162,927 people as of Feb. 10.

Nationally, The New York Times is reporting that – over a 14-day period – new cases are down 67 percent and deaths down by 3 percent.

In California, Los Angeles Times reports new cases down 66 percent and deaths up by 26 percent.

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