New cases, deaths show rise

CORONAVIRUS cases and deaths are up this week in Orange County (Shutterstock).

Confirmed new cases and deaths from coronavirus in Orange County rose this week for the first time in 2023.

The county health care agency reported that new cases hit 1,400, up from 1,223 last week. However, it’s still the second best total in a month.

Deaths increased sharply to 57 from 26 and that’s the highest total of the new year. Hospitalizations declined to 170 from 178 last week, representing the fifth consecutive week of decrease.

The use of intensive care units to treat COVID-19 patients remained steady at 28 for the third straight week.

To date, Orange County has had 707,008 cases and 7,848 deaths.

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