Orange County's COVID Hospitalizations, Case Rates Remain Stable

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SANTA ANA (CNS) - The number of COVID-positive patients in Orange County hospitals and the county's infection rates did not see much change in data released today by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The county's number of COVID patients increased from 98 to 102, while the number of those patients in intensive care remained at 17.

Also Wednesday, the OCHCA reported 129 new infections and five more fatalities associated with the virus. Three of the fatalities occurred this month, one was last month and one was in January.

The county's cumulative totals rose to 546,880 cases and 6,880 deaths since the pandemic began.

The death toll for March rose to 35, to 299 in February and to 540 in January.

The death toll in December stands at 112, 116 in November, 137 in October, 204 in September, and 187 in August.

Of those hospitalized with the virus, 84% are unvaccinated and 86% percent of those in intensive care were not inoculated, according to the OCHCA.

The county's case rate per 100,000 people remained at 3.2. The testing positivity rate ticked up from 1.6% to 1.7%, and from 1.7% to 1.8% in the health equity quartile, which measures underserved communities hardest hit by the pandemic, the OCHCA said.

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