OC cases up, deaths decline


ORANGE COUNTY Health Care Agency stats on coronavirus showed an increase in the daily average of new cases, but a decline in deaths (Shutterstock).

Three of the four major metrics – including new cases – used to measure the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County showed increases in Tuesday’s report.

According to the county health care agency, confirmed new cases were at 4,206, with a four-day average to 1051.5. That compares to Friday’s average of 1,030.

Hospitalizations rose from 132 to 158 and the use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 patients went from 11 to 18.

The only major category to show a drop was in deaths, from 11 to zero.

To date, Orange County has had 579,292 cases, of which 551,658 are considered recovered. The total number of deaths is at 7,045.

Nationally, The New York Times is reporting that new cases – over a 14-day period – are down 8 percent. Deaths are down 14 percent, but hospitalizations have risen by 15 percent.

In California, new cases are down 2 percent over a similar period, and deaths are down 35 percent, according to Los Angeles Times.

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