After seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases at the start of the summer, the county appears to be experiencing a decline in new cases.

There were 4,856 new cases reported by the OC Health Care Agency in the past week, or 694 cases per day on average, which is down from 7,228 cases, or 1,032 average cases, in the week ending July 14.

The figure is also down slightly from 5,049 cases, or 721 average daily cases reported in the week ending July 7.

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The decline in the past week comes after the county had seen cases increase at a much more rapid pace in recent months than in the first three months of the virus in the county.

Between March and May, there were about 6,100 cases reported in Orange County. Since the start of June, those case counts have more than quadrupled, with 24,876 new cases reported in the past seven weeks.

Fewer residents appear to be testing positive for coronavirus, with a 13.5% average positive rate in the week ending 21, down from 14.6% the week prior.

There are 30,976 cumulative cases in Orange County, with 366,584 tests done to date.

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