Orange County COVID-19 Update: 354 New Cases, 26 Deaths Reported

A new round of COVID-19 related deaths was reported over at Orange County, raising the total to 299. Aside from that, there were 354 new coronavirus cases as of Wednesday, raising the cumulative total to 11,016.

As far as the latest tally of people who have passed away due to COVID-19, it would be best to note that the numbers were not from the previous day. Rather, these were results of a concentrated effort in reconciling death certificates with reported cases that dates back to recent weeks, according to a report from the OC Register.

Of the toll count related to COVID-19 deaths, 152 reportedly originated from residents at skilled nursing facilities. This stemmed from an original tally that stood at 138. According to the California Department of Health, there have been 90 deaths in the last 14 days.

Concerning the number of cases, the 354 additional COVID-19 cases raised the count to 11,016 since mass testing began. Breaking that down, 1,099 come from skilled nursing facilities while 391 came from among Orange County jail inmates. The seven-day average for cases rose to 274, an increase from the previous number of 251.

Alarming and disheartening as the numbers may seem, there is also some good news to report from Orange county. The number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 is at 5,249 as of Wednesday, numbers based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

In terms of hospitalization, there have been 485 patients admitted in the last 14 days. This includes both suspected and positive patients spread across the 33 hospitals across the county as of June 23. Also, roughly 39 percent of ICU beds are still available in the county.

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With mass testing ramping up, a spike in COVID-19 cases was to be expected. Cumulative countrywide testing rose to 227,962 based on data through June 23. The seven-day daily average is at 3,800. It would be best to note, however, that the compilation of data needs several days to arrange, meaning the actual numbers are still not spot on.

The positive test rate for Orange County is reportedly at 4.6 percent in the last 14 days out of 66,461 tests. The 3,080 new cases have been reported in the same period. Los Angeles County also showed 22,606 new cases for the same period while Riverside County had 4,958.

Looking at the breakdown of deaths, 30 percent of those who died were aged 85 and above, 27 percent aged between 74 to 84, 18 percent for those aged 65 to 74 and 13 percent aged 55 to 64. The 28 percent made up people who were aged between 45 to 54.