Orange County Reports 422 New COVID-19 Cases, No More Deaths

SANTA ANA (CNS) - Orange County Health Care Agency officials today have reported 422 COVID-19 cases, raising the cumulative total to 37,813, but no new deaths.

The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Orange County hospitals ticked up from 554 Sunday to 555 Monday, while the number of patients in intensive care increased from 171 to 175, according to the HCA.

The number of fatalities remained unchanged at 651. On Sunday, two COVID-19 fatalities were reported. The county logged 87 coronavirus deaths last week and 70 the week prior.

Of the county's total deaths, 267 were skilled nursing facility residents, 28 lived in assisted living facilities, and one was homeless.

Of the total cases, 1,675 were skilled nursing facility residents, 476 were jail inmates and 137 were homeless.

As of Friday, there were 57 jail inmates in medical isolation and 419 documented recoveries among prisoners.

Orange County is on the state's watch list for counties experiencing high rates of new cases and hospitalizations. It has shown some improvement.

The county's case rate per 100,000 residents was at 125.1, which is far higher than the California Department of Public Health threshold of 25 per 100,000 residents. The rate of residents testing positive for COVID-19 dipped from 9.1% Sunday to 8.9%, still above the state's desired rate of 8%.

The change in the three-day average of hospitalized patients went from -8.9% Sunday to -8.6%, much lower than the state's threshold of 10% increase.

Available ICU beds were at 35%, and the percentage of available ventilators at 54%. The state's threshold is 20% of ICU beds available to handle a surge and 25% ventilators on hand.

The county reported that 435,927 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, with 17,133 reported Monday. There have been 25,248 documented recoveries.

As local school officials prepare for classes to begin again, county officials are tabulating the number of coronavirus cases by various age groups.

Since the pandemic began, there have been 362 children up to age 3 who have been infected in the county; 454 in the 4-to 9-year-old age group; 358 from 10 to 12 years old; 335 among 13- to 14-year-olds; and 1,240 in the 15- to 18-year-old age group.

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