Orange County Reports 1,010 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 Deaths

The number of COVID-19 cases in Orange County continues to rise. The latest report as of July 7 showed that there were 1,010 new cases, raising the cumulative total to 18,892 since coronavirus testing started in March.

Aside from the new COVID-19 cases, three new deaths bumped up the total of fatalities to 369. The 191 of that count came from skilled-nursing facilities while 14 originated from assisted living facilities. Two of the cases were listed as homeless, the OC Register reported.

The latest update over at Orange County followed Monday's report of 1,028 new cases. As far as deaths, the California Health Department revealed that there had been 91 COVID-19 deaths in Orange County in the last 14 days.

Also, people who had been hospitalized due to the coronavirus in the last 14 days stood at 839. These figures covered the 33 hospitals across the county with at least 40 percent of ICU beds still available, according to the state's coronavirus tracking board. As far as ventilators, 66.7 percent remain available.

As far as recoveries, there had been 8,867 individuals who had recovered from the strain. The figures were based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

In terms of testing, 278,696 had been administered since mass testing began as of July 5. The state holds an 11.2 percent positivity rate for the county.

The elderly remain at high risk of contracting the virus. Per the county breakdown, there were 120 deaths reported on people aged 85 and above. The 98 were between 75 and 84 years old while people aged 65-74 had 63 casualties. There were zero deaths for people aged 24 and below.

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However, there had been a noticeable rise in the 25 to 34 age group. Though the latest figures showed only 3, Orange County CEO Frank Kim said that the rise in infections was expected with officials relaxing restrictions.

"They’re number one with a bullet," Kim said. "They all kind of left the gate at the same time, but (25-to 34-year-olds) is winning the race by a mile now."

Aside from relaxed state restrictions, events like Memorial Day weekend and mass protests tied to the George Floyd killing were seen to bump up numbers even more.

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