The numbers used to track the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County bounce up and down from day to day. But in comparison to just one month ago, the overall direction is clear.
Deaths increased from eight to 17, but on Feb. 10, 43 deaths were reported. Hospitalizations are at 160, up slightly from Wednesday’s 159, but far below the month-ago count of 581.
Those being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units are at 29 (the same as Thursday), but a month ago the total was 118.
To date, Orange County has had 542,056 cases, of which 527,792 are considered recovered. The death total is 6,721.
Across the United States, The New York Times reports that – over a 14-day period – new cases have fallen 51 percent and deaths by 28 percent. In California, Los Angeles Times counts a decrease in new cases of 59 percent and an 11 percent decline in deaths.