COVID-19 cases on a surge

THREE OF four coronavirus stats for Orange County show increases in Friday’s report (Shutterstock).

The count of confirmed new coronavirus cases in Orange County surged strongly in Friday’s report, nearly doubling from Tuesday’s figures.

Deaths and hospitalizations also rose; only the use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 showed a decline.

According to the county health care agency, Friday’s report – which covers the three previous days – showed 2,814 new cases. That averages out to 938 a day, compared to Tuesday’s 2,077 total (average of 519).

Deaths went from zero to five. Hospitalizations climbed from 89 to 113. ICU use declined from 15 to 13.

To date, Orange County has had 563,962 cases, of which 544,226 are considered recovered. The death total is 7,814.

Nationally, The New York Times reports that – over a 14-day period – new cases are up 52 percent and hospitalizations by 31 percent. Deaths are down 17 percent.

In California, Los Angeles Times calculates that in California, new cases have risen by 66 percent and deaths are down 1 percent over a similar period.

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