All four major metrics tracking the status of the coronavirus pandemic in Orange County showed increases in Friday’s report.
According to the county health care agency, the latest tally of confirmed new cases over a three-day period is 3,826. That’s an average of 1275.3 cases.
Friday’s number reflects an increase from Tuesday’s total of 3,688, an average of 922 cases a day.
Deaths increased from six in Tuesday’s report to 23 in Friday’s total. Hospitalizations increased from 209 to 212, and the use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 patients also rose, from 26 to 32.
Since the pandemic began, Orange County has had 604,055 confirmed cases, of which 571,551 are considered recovered. The total of deaths is at 7,126.
Increases in Orange County ran parallel to national and state statistics. The New York Times reports that – over a 14-day period – new cases have risen by 10 percent and deaths by 18 percent. Hospitalizations increased by 10 percent.
In California, Los Angeles Times is reporting a 12 percent increase in new cases over a similar period, and that deaths are up by 20 percent.