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OCHCA: Surge Slowing Down Thanks to Masking Efforts

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported Wednesday 149 daily cases, the lowest single-day tally seen since last July.

In the past week, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID declined about 27%.

“We are seeing cases and hospitalizations decrease, which is a positive sign that our most recent surge is slowing down,” OCHCA Director and County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau said in a statement, adding that “consistent masking efforts by our residents” has contributed to the decline.

To protect high-risk individuals who are “immunocompromised or are prone to getting sick,” Orange County residents are recommended to continue masking in public indoor settings and wearing a well-fitting mask, Chau added.

In addition, visitors are advised to be up-to-date on vaccinations and booster doses when eligible.

Approximately 71% of OC’s total population has been fully vaccinated, while about 37% have received a booster dose to-date.

 

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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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