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OC’s Case Rate Remains Lower than Neighboring Counties

FDA clears Pfizer vaccine for 5 to 11-year-olds

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The average case rate on May 19 in Orange County was 20 cases per 100,000 residents, compared to 31 cases in Los Angeles County and 28 in San Diego County, according to data gathered by the New York Times.

Since January 2020, at least 1 in 5 OC residents have been infected with the virus.

To date, there have been 603,344 confirmed infections in the county. Of those cases, 543,397 people have recovered and 7,023 have died.

Vaccines

On Tuesday, the FDA authorized a Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

The shot was found to be over 90% effective and having minimal side effects for people in that age group. 

According to Orange County Health Care Agency data, 2,313,029 residents have been fully vaccinated, and 1,279,272 have received a booster dose.

It’s currently unclear how many Orange County residents have received a second booster dose. 

For more information regarding vaccines, visit the OCHCA website here

 

Audrey Kemp
Audrey Kemp
Audrey Kemp is a staff reporter and occasional photojournalist for the Orange County Business Journal. Her beats include — but are not limited to — healthcare, startups, and education. While pursuing her bachelors in literary journalism at UC Irvine, she interned for New York-based magazine Narratively Inc., wrote for Costa Mesa-based lifestyle magazine Locale, and covered the underground music scene for two SoCal-based music publications. She is an unwavering defendant of the emdash and the Oxford comma.

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