Coronavirus Counts Rise In OC: 13K Positive Cases And 330 Deaths

Ashley Ludwig

ORANGE COUNTY, CA —With another four deaths due to coronavirus Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said rising infection rates have landed Orange County on a state public health watch list.

Last week was Orange County's deadliest week thus far in the coronavirus pandemic, with 56 having died of the COVID-19 disease. On Monday, the Orange County Health Care Agency lifted the county's overall death toll to 330.

Health officials also reported 456 new cases of coronavirus, raising the total to 13,064.

Newsom announced during a midday briefing that Orange County, along with Solano, Merced and Glenn counties, had been added to the state Department of Public Health's "watch list" due to increasing percentages of positive tests.

A new website, organized with statistics from Johns Hopkins University, shows what the total counts mean, and how the numbers relate to real concerns due to the spread of coronavirus in the county.

According to the numbers, the current coronavirus case rate is 109.2 per 100,000 residents, and a positive test rate of just over 9 percent, according to health officials.

The state has set a desired standard average of 25 positive cases per 100,000 over a 14-day period, and a seven-day average positivity rate of 8 percent.

The state's watch list is where state health officials work more closely with local officials on efforts to manage the spread of the virus.

These figures could potentially lead to more dramatic actions, as evidenced on Sunday when Newsom ordered all bars closed in Los Angeles and other counties seeing virus spikes.

The number of hospitalized patients in Orange County dipped from 492 on Sunday to 485 on Monday, with the number of patients in intensive care rising from 170 to 175.

To date, the ages of those who have died:

  • Between 25 and 34: 3
  • Between 35 and 44: 8
  • Between 45 and 54: 29
  • Between 55 and 64: 41
  • Between 65 and 74: 58
  • Between 75 and 84: 88
  • Over 85: 103

By the numbers, the current by-city coronavirus counts across Orange County on Monday:

  • Aliso Viejo: 75
  • Anaheim: 2,463
  • Brea: 91
  • Buena Park: 405
  • Costa Mesa: 320
  • Coto de Caza : 8 (unchanged)
  • Cypress: 124
  • Dana Point: 52
  • Fountain Valley: 116
  • Fullerton: 534
  • Garden Grove: 743
  • Huntington Beach: 593
  • Irvine: 365
  • La Habra: 263
  • La Palma: 43
  • Ladera Ranch: 29
  • Laguna Beach: 59
  • Laguna Hills: 70
  • Laguna Niguel: 76
  • Laguna Woods: 17
  • Lake Forest: 146
  • Los Alamitos: 92
  • Midway City: 37
  • Mission Viejo: 159
  • Newport Beach: 272
  • Orange: 584
  • Placentia: 233
  • Rancho Mission Viejo: 16
  • Rancho Santa Margarita: 54
  • Rossmoor: 18
  • San Clemente: 96
  • San Juan Capistrano: 80
  • Santa Ana: 2,734
  • Seal Beach: 105
  • Stanton: 169
  • Trabuco Canyon: 31
  • Tustin: 252
  • Villa Park: 17
  • Westminster: 271
  • Yorba Linda: 154

The county has performed 223,363 tests, with 7,193 documented recoveries.

The county, however, is in good shape in terms of hospital beds available.

The county has just over 41 percent of its intensive care unit beds available, well above the state threshold of 20 percent, according to OC Health Care. As of Monday, the county maintains that 68 percent of its ventilators are available, also well above the state standard of 25 percent.

Still, the three-day average of hospitalized patients is up nearly 12 percent, exceeding the state standard of 10 percent.

Of the fatalities, 171 were from nursing homes, and two were transients.
Orange County sheriff's officials reported that 399 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, with 388 having since recovered. There are 11 sickened inmates in medical isolation and officials are awaiting results of 109 tests.

County officials had a meeting with city leaders Friday and discussed ways they can promote more social distancing techniques, such as mask wearing, to help slow the spread of the virus, Orange County CEO Frank Kim said.

The congressional representatives, who met with county officials after requesting more information about the county's testing programs last month, say some residents continue to face obstacles to getting a test.

"Fast, accessible and widespread testing is critical to protecting public health and preventing a resurgence as we continue to reopen," the letter reads.

"Ensuring accessible testing will not only reassure the public on behalf of businesses seeking to reopen, but will also support the contact tracing needed to control future outbreaks."

Bartlett said anyone in Orange County can get a test regardless of their ability to pay.

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This article originally appeared on the Orange County Patch