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COVID Cases, Hospitalizations on Downward Trend

New COVID cases and hospitalizations in Orange County appear to be on the decline, according to data gathered by the New York Times and the Orange County Health Care Agency.

 

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported 1,383 new cases in Orange County, down from 2,640 seen a week prior.

The Orange County Health Care Agency also reported Wednesday 818 hospitalizations – 147 of whom were in the ICU. That’s down from 1,067 hospitalizations and 184 ICU admits reported Jan. 26. 

 

The majority of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 – about 87% – are unvaccinated, according to the agency.

 

Masks

The U.S. government is now giving out adult-size N95 masks for free at pharmacies throughout the county, as well as participating health centers, including Share Our Selves Corp. in Costa Mesa and Southland Integrated Services Inc. in Garden Grove.

 

Masks are still mandated in all indoor public spaces until Feb. 15, regardless of vaccination status, according to the California Department of Public Health. 

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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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