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 ICU patient counts in Orange County have sunk back to their April levels after peaking in mid-July.

ICU, or intensive care units, has been used as a metric throughout the pandemic to determine the severity of the virus in a region, and can be used as a barometer regarding future death rates.

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There were 67 patients in the ICU on Sept. 16, which is down 73% from July 15, when ICU patients were at a peak of 245.

On Sept. 13, there were 56 ICU patients, the lowest level in the county since mid-April, shortly after the virus transmission began locally.

There were 202 COVID-19 hospitalizations as of Sept. 15, which is down significantly from the peak of 722 patients reached on July 14.

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