Three metrics encouraging

ORANGE COUNTY Health Care Agency stats on coronavirus showed more good news on Monday (Shutterstock).

Three of the four metrics measuring the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County showed encouraging signs.

According to the county health care agency, Monday’s report (reflecting statistics gathered on Friday) showed confirmed new cases at 143, down from Friday’s report (Thursday statistics) showing 159 cases.

Hospitalizations declined from 96 to 66 and the use of intensive care units to treat patients suffering from COVID-19 remained at a comparatively low 14. On Feb. 27, for example, the number was 295.

The only category showing increases was deaths, going from two to five. On Feb. 27, the total was 26.

Across the nation, new cases declined by 9 percent and deaths by 41 percent over a 14-day period, according to The New York Times. In California, cases are down 27 percent and deaths by 51 percent, Los Angeles Times reports.

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