Mixed results on COVID-19

NEW CASES of coronavirus in Orange County increased for the second consecutive day (Shutterstock).

The results from Thursday’s numbers on the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County yielded a mixed message.

According to the county health care agency, two of the major metrics showed increases, while two declined.

Confirmed new cases increased from 385 to 427, the second consecutive day of increases. Deaths rose from 11 to 15.

However, hospitalizations declined from 217 to 206, the second straight downward turn. Patients being treated in intensive care units for COVID-19 fell from 37 to 34.

To date, Orange County has had 539,663 cases of the coronavirus, of which 521,893 are considered recovered. The death total is at 6,643.

National and statewide counts show a more optimistic picture of the issue. The New York Times reports that – over a 14-day period – new cases across the U.S. declined by 56 percent and deaths by 21 percent.

In California, Los Angeles Times is reporting a 60 percent decline in deaths and 8 percent drop in deaths.

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