After experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases at the start of the summer, Orange County now appears to be seeing fewer cases.
In the two weeks ending Monday, the county had 9,391 new cases, or about 671 cases per day on average. That’s down about 30% from the 12,191 new cases in the two weeks prior, or 871 each day on average.
The uptick in cases in June was attributed to crowds and gatherings around Memorial Day weekend, as well as graduation parties, Father’s Day celebrations and other social activities throughout the month.
The state has since tightened restrictions around restaurants, salons and barbershops, which are currently only permitted to operate outdoors. The OC Health Care Agency and local hospitals have also gotten more aggressive in urging residents to wear masks, especially in areas where social distancing isn't possible.
There are 34,646 cumulative cases in Orange County to date.
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