While worries are growing across the nation about the new subvariant of the Omicron version of the coronavirus, it hasn’t reversed the decline of cases and deaths in Orange County.
Tuesday’s semi-weekly report from the county health care agency on key metrics on the coronavirus showed good news. The four-day total of confirmed new cases (covering Friday through Monday) was 772, which is an average of 193 a day. That compares to Thursday’s count of three-day average of 237 a day.
Today’s death total is eight, which is an average of two per day. The previous tally was seven per day.
Hospitalizations are at 60 (compared to 67) and the use of ICUs is 10 (compared to 13).
To date, the OC has had 550,201 confirmed cases, of which 539,140 are considered recovered. The death toll is at 6,966.
Nationally, new coronavirus deaths – over a 14-day period – rose by 43 percent while deaths declined by 33 percent, according to The New York Times.
In California, new cases are up by 21 percent and deaths down by 12 percent, calculates Los Angeles Times over a similar period.