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Case Rates Plateau; Hospitalizations Increase in OC

The world hit a grim milestone last week as the global death toll of the COVID-19 pandemic surpassed 6 million.

Of that number, 1 million were U.S. citizens and over 6,700 were Orange County residents, according to the New York Times. 

Case rates continue to slow down in Orange County. In the last week, the case rate stayed flat at six per 100,000 residents, which is slightly lower than the national average. 

Hospital stays ticked back up to 133 on Thursday, compared to 126 last week.

Earlier this month, The Orange County Health Care Agency launched a new talk show on YouTube called “Your Health Matters OC” to discuss various health topics that impact the community.

In the second episode released last week, OCHCA Social Worker Rachael Ferraiolo said the agency has observed a recent uptick of individuals calling The OC Warmline, a free telephone service providing emotional support and resources to Orange County residents. 

The “steady volume of calls” were mostly regarding the “prolonged uncertainty” of the pandemic, Selleck said.

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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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