O.C. Reports No New Deaths, 55 More Cases of COVID-19

SANTA ANA (CNS) - Orange County health officials today reported 55 new COVID-19 cases and a jump in hospitalizations but no new fatalities.

The cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the county rose to 3,557, and the death toll is unchanged at 76.

The number of patients hospitalized with the virus jumped up from 178 on Sunday to 196, with patients in intensive care rising from 59 to 77, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The total number of people in the county tested for the virus now stands at 52,983, with 196 tests reported Monday.

Of the county's total cases, 3% involve people under 18 years old; 10% are between 18-24; 18% are between 25-34; 15% are between 35-44; 18% are between 45-54; 16% are between 55-64; 10% are between 65-74; 6% are between 75- 84; and 4% are 85 and older.

Of the patients who died, 3% were 25 to 34 years old, 5% were 35 to 44, 11% were 45-54, 13% were 55-64, 16% were 65-74, 29% were 75-84, and 24% were 85 or older.

Men make up 54% of the county's cases and 58% of its fatalities.

Latinos account for 38% of the fatalities and whites 33%, followed by Asians (20%). According to the Health Care Agency, 4% were black, 1% were native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 1% are mixed race, and 3% fall into the category of “other.”

Beaches in Orange County were reopened Friday, with restrictions, while so-called “low-risk” businesses such as clothing and book stores, music shops, toy stores, sporting goods stores and floristsreopened with curbside service only.

The move to allow some businesses to reopen comes as the state relaxes its health order and as Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will consider petitions from individual counties that want to go further and allow other businesses to open.

An estimated 1,500 people, most not wearing face masks, protested near the still-closed Huntington Beach Pier on Saturday despite the easing of some beach restrictions.

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