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COVID-19 Case Rates, Hospitalizations Stay Low

Local reports indicate a modest uptick in COVID-19 cases and a dip in hospitalizations. 

The New York Times reported Apr. 20 the county’s average case rate was 7 cases per 100,000 residents, compared to 4.2 cases one week ago.

Meanwhile, hospitalizations have decreased about 10% since the beginning of the month, with 60 hospitalizations, including 10 ICU patients, according to the OCHCA.

Unvaccinated individuals continue to make up the majority of hospitalizations.

Vaccinations

About 2.3 million Orange County residents were fully vaccinated as of Thursday.

Over 77% of the county’s total population has received at least one shot, compared to Los Angeles County, which currently sports 80% with at least one shot, according to the Orange County Register. 

The neighboring county with the highest vaccinated population is San Diego, where about 97% of its total population has received at least one shot. 

The two counties with the lowest vaccination rates are Riverside County, 65%, while San Bernardino County trails behind with 61% at press time.

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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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