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Monday, Dec 5, 2022

Weekly COVID-19 Cases Flat

There were about 128 new COVID-19 cases reported each day on average in the past week, up just slightly from the 127 reported for the week ending May 14.

There were 115 new cases reported Thursday, bringing the OC total to 4,841, which includes 532 senior living residents and 364 jail inmates.

Fourteen deaths were reported today, the largest increase to date, including 10 from senior living facilities. There have been 112 deaths to date, including 40 senior living residents and no jail inmates.

Testing for the county has slipped in the past week, with 1,515 tests done last week, down from 2,613 tests the week prior.

In order to take steps to reopen, fewer than 8% of residents are expected to test positive for coronavirus over a 7-day period. In the past week, about 8.2% of OC residents tested positive, up from 4.7% a week prior when more tests were conducted.

Also, counties should report no greater than a 5% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations over a 7-day period. Hospitalizations have increased 5.6% in the past week in Orange County, with 247 cases hospitalized as of Wednesday, including 89 ICU patients based on data from 25 OC hospitals.

The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.

Go here for more updates on how OC companies are responding to coronavirus.

For a closer look at Orange County coronavirus data, see the Monday print edition of the Business Journal.

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