Orange County hospitalizations (blue) and ICU patients (purple) see declines since July peak

Orange County hospitalizations (blue) and ICU patients (purple) see declines since July peak

COVID-19 hospitalization and ICU figures are significantly lower than their peak-July levels, and are nearing closer to the lower numbers seen in May.

There were 239 hospitalizations and 64 ICU patients as of Sept. 10, which is down 67% and 74%, respectively, from the highs of 722 and 245 hit in mid-July.

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The county has also seen sharper declines in cases and other COVID-19 metrics in recent weeks, with new cases down 43% in the two weeks ending Sept. 10 from the two weeks prior.

The county had a positive testing rate of 3.9% on Thursday. In July, the region saw positive testing percentages nearing 15%.

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