Coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to increase with 104 reported each day on average in the past week, up from 80 and 56 from the two preceding weeks.
Weekly data suggested the county had experienced a dip in new cases for more than a week before they started to climb once more due to new increases from inland cities, as coastal cities that initially saw high per capita increases have been on the decline.
Anaheim, which represents about 10% of the county’s total population, represented 15% of new cases in the past week, while Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove also represent hot spots for new cases.
Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with 188 average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 6, up from 165 for the week ending April 29. There has been a decrease in ICU patients in the past two weeks, from 65 to 62 for the week ending May 6. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.
There are 3,092 total cases and 66 deaths to date in Orange County; north of 43,400 people have been tested to date. About two-thirds of the county’s deaths have happened in the past three weeks; 21 have occurred in the past seven days.
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