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Coronavirus Cases Again Hit Peak

About 213 average daily coronavirus cases were reported in the past week, matching the prior peak reached on June 17, according to the OC Health Care Agency.

Cumulatively, 9,576 people have tested positive, or 4.7% of all taking the test.

One of the reasons for the increase in positive cases is the number of people being tested. About 3,331 tests are being conducted daily in the past week, compared with 2,045 daily tests in the week ended April 30. To date, 202,884 people have been tested in Orange County.

The virus has heavily hit senior living facilities, which have accounted for 129 of the 257 deaths reported in Orange County. Seven new deaths were reported in the past day.

Of the total cases, 1,035 are from senior living facilities, and 389 are from Orange County jails.

There were 337 hospitalizations, including 142 patients in intensive care, on a daily average for the week ended June 17, 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.

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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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