Hospitalization, ICU rates up in OC

Hospitalization, ICU rates up in OC

Orange County saw a nearly 53% jump in coronavirus hospitalizations in the past week as the county approaches the holiday weekend.

There are currently 463 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, the highest level seen since mid-July.

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ICU patients are up 25% in the past week to 100, with 116 patients currently in the ICU.

About 28% of ICU beds and 66% of ventilators are available across 31 hospitals countywide.

Orange County saw a record high of 722 hospitalized and 245 ICU coronavirus patients in mid-July, though health officials warn a looming surge could bring even higher figures as the county heads into flu season and large holiday gatherings accelerate transmission rates.

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