COVID-19 cases continue slide

ORANGE COUNTY Health Care Agency stats on coronavirus continue to show generally good news (Shutterstock).

After a spike in early December, the number of confirmed new cases of coronavirus in Orange County has declined for six consecutive weeks.

According to the county health care agency, the latest tally shows that as of the week ending Thursday, Jan. 26, new cases were at 1,223, compared to 1,515 last week and nearly 4,449 in the Dec. 8 tally.

The latest report from OCHCA shows a decline or no change in three of major categories of measurement of the status of the virus in the county.

In addition to the drop in new cases, deaths were at 26 compared to 23 last week. But hospitalizations fell from 248 to 178 and the use of intensive care units for treating COVID-19 patients remained at 28.

To date, Orange County has had 705,608 confirmed cases and 7,791 deaths.

Nationally, the number of new cases over the past two weeks has fallen by 24 percent; deaths are down by 3 percent. In California, news cases are down 53 percent and deaths by 7 percent.

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