COVID-19 cases still declining

ORANGE COUNTY Health Care Agency stats on coronavirus show a downward trend in new cases (Shutterstock).

The number of confirmed new cases of coronavirus in Orange County fell sharply in Tuesday’s report, continuing a downward trend.

According to the county health care agency, Tuesday’s report – covering the four-day period of Sept. 2-5 – showed 901 new cases were tallied, for a daily average of 225.25, compared to Friday’s average of 442 and the week-ago average of 416.

Hospitalizations dipped from 206 to 202. The use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 patients increased from 28 to 30 and deaths edged up to eight to seven.

The to-date total of Orange County deaths from coronavirus is 7,365.

National and statewide trends reflect the OC’s declining numbers. The New York Times reports that – over a 14-day period – new cases are down 13 percent and hospitalizations by 11 percent.

Deaths, however, are up 7 percent.

In California, Los Angeles Times calculates that – over a similar period – new cases are down 30 percent and deaths by 11 percent. 

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