COVID cases, deaths in decline

NEW CASES of coronavirus in Orange County fell in Tuesday’s count. (Shutterstock).

Confirmed new cases of coronavirus, as well as deaths and hospitalizations, declined in Orange County according to Tuesday’s report from the county health care agency.

The latest tallies – which include April 29 to May 2 – showed new cases to be 1,235, which averages to 308.75. That compares to last Friday’s report of 357 per day over three days.

Deaths declined from 10 to two. Hospitalizations ticked down from 76 to 74. The count of patients being treated for COVID-19 in intensive care units rose from 11 to 13.

So far, Orange County has had 554,229 cases, of which 540,814 are considered recovered. The death total is 7,009.

Nationally, new cases are up 55 percent – over a 14-day period – according to The New York Times. Deaths are down 22 percent. In California, Los Angeles Times calculates a 12 percent increase in new cases and a 39 percent decrease in death over a similar period.

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