Orange County Coronavirus Cases Surpass 2,000; Death Toll Unchanged at 39

Orange County Beaches In Southern California Remain Open During Coronavirus Lockdown

SANTA ANA (CNS) - Orange County officials today reported 54 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 2,126, but the death toll remained unchanged at 39.

The number of hospitalized patients increased from 148 on Sunday to 157 on Monday, with those being treated in intensive care units jumping from 55 to 62, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Men make up 54% of the county's cases and 64% of its fatalities.

Of the county's total cases, 2%, or 36, involve people under 18 years old; 9%, or 187, are between 18-24; 17%, or 353, are between 25-34; 15%, or 318, are between 35-44; 19%, or 411, are between 45-54, and 18%, or 377, are between 55-64, 11%, or 227, are 65-74, 6%, or 133, are 75-84, and 4%, or 84, are 85 and older.

Of the deaths, 5% were 25 to 34 years old, 8% were 35 to 44, 10% are 45-54, 18% are 55-64, 13% are 65-74, 28% are 75-84, and 18% are 85 and older.

Whites and Asians each account for 31% of the fatalities, 28% were Latino, 5% were black and 5% fell into the category of “other.”

The number of people tested for COVID-19 in the county stands at 26,347.

Despite restrictions designed to slow the spread of the virus, crowds flocked to Orange County beaches over the weekend as temperatures rose to summer-like levels, which drew criticism from Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday.

“I cannot impress upon people more that the only thing that will set us back is our behavior, is people stopping the practice of physical distancing and appropriate social distancing,” Newsom said at his daily coronavirus briefing. “That's the only thing that will stop us from reopening this economy... The only thing that can stop that is more images again like we saw over this weekend.”

Unlike in neighboring Los Angeles County, the public was not strictly prohibited from visiting the sand in Orange County.

Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun said county beach parking lots are closed, but not the beaches.

“It's an effort for people to stay in their neighborhoods,” Braun said. “We're taking an education approach first and volunteer compliance. (There were) no reports of any large-scale issues.”

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