The percentage of positive COVID-19 tests continues to rise in Orange County, with an average of 9.2% of those tested in the past week testing positive, up from 6.7% and 5.9% from the weeks prior.
There have been 241,027 cumulative tests to date, with 14,413 testing positive, or 5.9%.
There’s been a 9% increase in 3-day average hospitalized patients, with ICU beds shrinking to 38.2% capacity from 41% on Monday.
Five new deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the total to 345, including 177 skilled nursing residents. More than 75% of all deaths are among those aged 65 years and above.
Northern county cities continue to have the bulk of cases and deaths, led by Santa Ana and Anaheim. On a per capita basis, Los Alamitos has the most deaths, with nearly 12 deaths per 10,000 residents, which is likely due to an outbreak at a skilled nursing facility.
There are fewer deaths among the south county cities, with San Juan Capistrano having the most with 0.5 deaths per 10,000 residents.
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