13 Residents Die In Orange County, 7,737 Total Coronavirus Cases

Ashley Ludwig

ORANGE COUNTY, CA — A total of 13 more residents have succumbed to COVID-19 in Orange County, Wednesday. This is the second-highest number of deaths in a single day since the pandemic began. The county's death toll rose to 198.

Also on Wednesday, 147 more residents tested positive for the virus, raising the total number of infect to 7,737.

A total of 306 Orange County residents are currently hospitalized, two more than Tuesday, while the number of those in intensive care remains at 146.

Six of Wednesday's reported fatalities were residents of skilled nursing facilities. Three more were from assisted living facilities, according to the health care agency.

Though the number is startling after days of no deaths recorded, the deadliest day in Orange County was May 21, when 14 deaths were reported by the HCA.

The Health Care Agency reports 92 of the county's fatalities involved skilled nursing facility residents.

According to the HCA, there have been outbreaks in 27 skilled nursing facilities, three in assisted living facilities, and in two care homes. An outbreak is defined as more than two cases.

As of Monday, 893 residents of the nursing homes had contracted COVID- 19, and 442 staffers had been infected, according to the county.

The number of people tested for the virus in the county stands at 168,158, with 3,511 documented recoveries.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department reported 384 inmates have contracted coronavirus, with 370 having recovered. There are 14 inmates currently sick and officials are awaiting test results for 78 inmates.

The rising death toll hits as the health care agency has been roiled by defections from its executive staff.

To date, the ages of those who have died:

  • Between 25 and 34: 3
  • Between 35 and 44: 7
  • Between 45 and 54: 15
  • Between 55 and 64: 23
  • Between 65 and 74: 38
  • Between 75 and 84: 50
  • Over 85: 62

In Orange County, here are Tuesday's coronavirus totals by city:

  • Aliso Viejo: 34 (unchanged)
  • Anaheim: 1,429
  • Brea: 47
  • Buena Park: 220
  • Costa Mesa: 156
  • Coto de Caza : 7 (unchanged)
  • Cypress: 79 (unchanged)
  • Dana Point: 35 (unchanged)
  • Fountain Valley: 72 (unchanged)
  • Fullerton: 281
  • Garden Grove: 430
  • Huntington Beach: 399
  • Irvine: 223
  • La Habra: 144
  • La Palma: 25 (unchanged)
  • Ladera Ranch: 18 (unchanged)
  • Laguna Beach: 49
  • Laguna Hills: 36 (unchanged)
  • Laguna Niguel: 42 (unchanged)
  • Laguna Woods: 11
  • Lake Forest: 87
  • Los Alamitos: 92
  • Midway City: 19
  • Mission Viejo: 84
  • Newport Beach: 163
  • Orange: 348
  • Placentia: 146 (unchanged)
  • Rancho Mission Viejo: 9 (unchanged)
  • Rancho Santa Margarita: 27
  • San Clemente: 71 (unchanged)
  • San Juan Capistrano: 62 (unchanged)
  • Santa Ana: 1,648
  • Seal Beach: 57
  • Stanton: 89
  • Trabuco Canyon: 18
  • Tustin: 141
  • Villa Park: 8 (unchanged)
  • Westminster: 171
  • Yorba Linda: 95
  • Other* 389
  • Unknown** 276

According to OC Health Care, the "Other" category includes the aggregate case count of the unincorporated areas of the county that have less than 5 cases, plus cases incarcerated in Orange County jails.

After the resignation of Orange County's chief medical officer, Monday, the Orange County Medical Association issued a statement saying it was "deeply saddened and concerned" about Quick's departure. They added they were "appalled at the personal threats and willful ignorance by some members of our community that ultimately led to her resignation."

Following Dr. Nichole Quick's resignation from Orange County Health Care, Dr. Clayton Chau, the HCA's director, was named the county's chief health officer.

Quick faced intense pressure over her order requiring face coverings to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. She served for over one year, and had assumed responsibilities of the director of public health services

She resigned Monday night after drawing criticism from some residents and two members of the Board of Supervisors, Michelle Steel and Don Wagner, who openly and repeatedly grilled Quick regarding her order to require face coverings as the county allowed some businesses to reopen. Wagner went as far as commending those who would picket outside of Quick's private residence, exercising their right to protest.

Chau was named to his new position by the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Quick was receiving heightened security due to threats stemming from her mask order. Protesters brought a poster with her photo embellished with a Hitler mustache and swastikas to a Board of Supervisors meeting last month.

Orange County CEO Frank Kim said Tuesday that Quick "and I had a very good working relationship. I respect her decision. I'm disappointed she left, but certainly there was no encouragement from myself or the board members to resign. That was a decision she made on her own."

Kim said multiple members of his staff have been threatened since the beginning of the pandemic.

"I'm frustrated by that," Kim said. "None of our staff deserves that treatment."

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This article originally appeared on the Orange County Patch