ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Orange County is reporting 322 new COVID-19 cases and 16 other deaths, bringing the county’s total to 39,076 and 720 deaths.
Orange County CEO Frank Kim told City News Service this week that officials are cautiously optimistic about overall trends, but are difficult to predict due to glitches with school rate reporting platform. coronavirus complex of the state.
The county only reported 43 new coronavirus infections on Friday, but that relatively low number may be due to reporting problems.
Kim notes that hospitalization rates are trending down and these numbers are not affected by the reporting problems.
According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, the number of people currently hospitalized for the virus is 491people as of Saturday, with 167 people in special care. Those numbers are 511 and 177 on Friday.
Hospital admissions are a more reliable measure because hospitals use a different online software platform to report to the state, Kim said. State officials instructed laboratories to send manual copies of the test results as a backup until the software bug was fixed, he said.
“If you look at the hospitalization numbers, the ICU rate peaked around July and it’s trending down,” Kim said. “That’s an encouraging sign. The hospitalization rates and ICU’s spiked in mid-July and both have been trending down since then. We think that’s a positive sign and hope for them. I will return to a much more stable level.
Of the 16 deaths on Saturday, one was a skilled nursing facility resident, one was an SNF employee, 3 were assisted living facility residents, and 11 were not living in the facility. take care of.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 281 skilled nursing facility residents have died of COVID-19 in Orange County and 38 assisted living facility residents have failed to resist the virus.
The proportion of residents testing positive for COVID-19 in the county increased from 8%, which is the state’s desired percentage, to 8.3%. And its case rate per 100,000 residents fell from 103.8 to 95.6, much higher than the California Department of Public Health threshold of 25 per 100,000 residents.
The change in the three-day mean of hospitalized patients ranged from -5.1% to -0.7%, well below the state 10% threshold.
Number of available ICU beds at 32% and available ventilator rate is 63%. The state threshold is 20% of the number of ICU beds available to handle the surge and 25% of the ventilator.
The County reported that 459,479 COVID-19 tests were conducted, including 6,871 reported on Saturday. There have been 29,568 document recovery times.
Coronavirus infections in Orange County by city, as of Saturday:
- Aliso Viejo – Total of 284 cases
- Anaheim – 6,682 Total cases
- Brea – A total of 358 cases
- Park Buena – Total 1,092 cases
- Costa Mesa – Total 1,274 cases
- Hunting grounds – Total of 28 cases
- Cypress – A total of 427 cases
- Dana Point – Total 191 cases
- Fountain Valley – Total 376 cases
- Fullerton – 1,771 Total cases
- Garden Grove – Total 2,094 cases
- Huntington Beach – 1.753 Total cases
- Irvine – Total 1,225 cases
- La Habra – Total 958 cases
- La Palma – 126 cases total
- Ladera Farm – Total 121 cases
- Laguna Beach – Total of 142 cases
- Laguna Hills – 230 total cases
- Laguna Niguel – Total of 297 cases
- Laguna Woods – A total of 42 cases
- Forest and lakes – Total 634 cases
- Los Alamitos – 155 cases total
- Midway City – A total of 81 cases
- Mission Viejo – Total 598 cases
- Newport Beach – 917 Total cases
- Orange – 1,793 Total number of boxes
- Placentia – Total 698 cases
- Rancho Mission Viejo – Total 46 cases
- Rancho Santa Margarita – Total 253 cases
- Rossmoor – Total of 29 cases
- San Clemente – Total 334 cases
- San Juan Capistrano – Total of 291 cases
- Santa Ana – Total 7,496 cases
- Seal Beach – Total 224 cases
- Silverado – Total of 40 cases
- Stanton – Total 480 cases
- Trabuco Canyon – 155 cases total
- Tustin – Total of 923 cases
- Villa Park – A total of 42 cases
- Westminster – Total 704 cases
- Yorba Linda – Total of 513 cases
Kim notes that the age group with the highest positive rates are young adults, who are also among the least likely to die from having less of a basic health condition. And he said the number of deaths among those in nursing homes is on a decreasing trend, “so hopefully we have reversed this trend” in terms of deaths.
Dr. Clayton Chau, director of the county’s Health Care Agency and Interim Medical Director, said state officials said about 300,000 tests in the state system had yet to be tabulated. He said he was “confident” that the state could fix the problem.
According to Kim, demand for COVID-19 trials has decreased significantly at the county’s test site at the Anaheim Convention Center.
“We had a huge percentage of our trial space and it’s free, however, fewer people use it than a few weeks ago,” he said.
District officials are discussing whether to open a second venue at the Costa Mesa fairgrounds as they can accommodate current capacity in Anaheim, Kim said.
It seems that widespread use of face veil, as well as the state shutdown of bars and restaurants, has played a key role in curbing the spread of the virus. But Orange County – where 38,754 recorded cases have been reported – remains on the state’s watchlist for counties with high rates of new cases and hospitalizations.
As local school officials prepare for classes to begin, district officials are tabulating coronavirus infections by different age groups.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 370 children under 3 years old have been infected; 471 in the age group from 4 to 9 years old; 373 from 10 to 12 years old; 348 people from 13 to 14 years old; and 1,286 in the 15-18 age group.
Many elementary schools are preparing waivers from the county and state to allow direct instruction in the classroom through the sixth grade. The state has mandated that schools in counties on the watchlist have distance training until they are removed from the watch list.
About 80 schools in Orange County, mostly charter and private schools, have expressed a desire to get exemptions, Chau told reporters on Friday afternoon.
There was a lively discussion between educators and state and county officials about the organization of outdoor classes, he said.
“We actually talked about options for having as many outdoor classes as possible,” Chau said. “I believe Orange County schools are very open to it, both public and private … And I think the state is very supportive of it.”
Chau said educators and health workers’ primary concern is how the weather will affect those plans.
“The problem is always about the weather – if it’s too hot and when winter comes if it’s too cold for the kids,” he said. “But we knew it was much better outdoors than indoors, and that conversation is already under way.”
The state has issued updated guidelines for youth sports activities, allowing activities to resume, but participants must adhere to procedures that are safe and physically distant. Participants must stand six feet apart and activities should take place outdoors as much as possible. Do not allow tournaments, events, and indoor games that require close contact between participants.
City News Service contributed to this report.
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