The University of California-Irvine, which has been privately tracking and analyzing local coronavirus figures since the onset of the pandemic, has released a public online database about the virus in the county that provides comparisons with neighboring California counties.
The website shows hospitalized patients with COVID-19, intensive care unit patients, new daily cases and new daily deaths caused by the disease, and provides comparisons between Orange County and Alameda, Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Clara counties.
This is the first website to provide county-to-county comparisons of key coronavirus statistics, according to UCI.
“Southern California residents may think that Los Angeles County is still an outlier in terms of being affected by the coronavirus spread, but the displayed trends clearly show that L.A. and Orange counties recently have become much closer to each other in some of the COVID-19 metrics,” Minin said.
The charts indicate Orange County, which initially fared relatively well by all COVID-19 metrics and saw a later spike in June that put it in a similar situation as Los Angeles, has seen another drop in cases and hospitalizations in the past month.
The database joins that of the Orange County Health Care Agency, which has been providing public updates since March, and pulls data from the California Reportable Disease Information Exchange (CalREDIE); public health investigators; the California Health and Human Services Data Portal; and the State of California.
The UCI website says it receives data from the California Open Data Portal.
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