COVID-19 cases show decline

CORONAVIRUS numbers in Orange County in Tuesday’s report showed decreases in new cases, but a rise in hospitalizations (Shutterstock),

Coronavirus statistics for Orange County are continuing the same up-and-down pattern that has been in place for weeks.

According to the county health care agency’s report on Tuesday, the latest tally of confirmed new cases is 3,688 for the past four days. That’s an average of 922 cases each day, a drop from Friday’s 1,240 but higher than the figure of 897 a week ago.

Deaths remained the same at six, but hospitalizations rose from 179 to 209. The use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 patients ticked up slightly from 25 to 26.

To date, confirmed cases in Orange County have now reached 600,299, of which 588,025 are considered recovered. The death total is at 7,103.

Nationally, The New York Times is reporting that new cases – over a 14-day period – rose by 1 percent. Death are up by 3 percent and hospitalizations by 6 percent.

In California, cases are down by 7 percent and deaths by 6 percent according to Los Angeles Times over a similar period.

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