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Average COVID-19 Cases Fall

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About 195 new coronavirus cases were reported daily in the past week, the first such decline in the prior five days.

The average positive daily results during the past seven days peaked yesterday at 213.

One of the reasons for the increase in positive cases is the number of people being tested. About 3,306 tests are being conducted daily in the past week, compared with 2,045 daily tests in the week ended April 30. To date, 199,015 people have been tested in Orange County.

Cumulatively, 9,292 people have tested positive, or 4.7% of all taking the test.

The virus has heavily hit senior living facilities, which have accounted for 128 of the 250 deaths reported in Orange County. Seven new deaths were reported Wednesday.

Of the total cases, 1,019 are from senior living facilities, and 387 are from Orange County jails.

There were 311 hospitalizations, including 144 patients in intensive care, on a daily average for the week ended June 16, the last day hospital data was available. That’s up from an average of 192, including 72 in the ICU, for the week ended April 30. Orange County has about 6,500 hospital beds.

Go here for more updates on how OC companies are responding to coronavirus.

Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan
Peter J. Brennan has been a journalist for 40 years. He spent a decade in Latin America covering wars, narcotic traffickers, earthquakes, and business. His resume includes 15 years at Bloomberg News where his headlines and articles sometimes moved the market caps of companies he covered by hundreds of millions of dollars. His articles have been published worldwide, including the New York Times and the Washington Post; he's appeared on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bloomberg TV. He was awarded a Kiplinger Fellowship at The Ohio State University.

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