Coronavirus cases in Orange County continue to increase with 106 reported each day on average in the past week, up from 66 and 56 from the two preceding weeks.
Weekly data suggested the county had experienced a dip in new cases for more than a week before they started to climb once more due to new increases from inland cities, predominately Santa Ana and Anaheim, as cities that initially saw high per capita increases have been on the decline (see graph above).
Anaheim and Santa Ana, which have a combined population of nearly 700,000, have reported 257 new cases in the past week; Laguna Beach and Newport Beach, with a total population of about 111,000, have reported just 8 new cases in the past week.
Other emerging hotspots are Orange and Garden Grove, which have reported 50 and 53 new cases in the past week.
Hospitalizations are also on the rise, with 187 average daily hospitalizations for the week ending May 4, up from 159 for the week ending April 27. There has been a decrease in ICU patients in the past two weeks, from 66 to 61 for the week ending May 4. The county tracks data from 25 hospitals totaling 5,903 beds, including 1,024 recently added to account for COVID-19.
There are 2,873 total cases and 61 deaths to date in Orange County; north of 39,000 people have been tested to date.
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