LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Orange County reported 287 new cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths Tuesday, raising the county's totals to 44,212 cases and 815 fatalities since the pandemic began.
In Laguna Beach, a total of 135 residents have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began.
Of the five deaths reported Tuesday, two people were skilled nursing facility residents. Two more were assisted living facility residents. One of the people who died, was as a result of community spread, according to Orange County Health Care Agency.
Of those who have died in Orange County since the pandemic began, 457 were men and 357 were women, the county reports.
The ages of those who have died as a result of COVID-19:
0 to 17: no deaths
18 to 24: 3 deaths
25-34: 12 deaths
35 to 44: 25 deaths
45 to 54: 70 deaths
55 to 64: 105 deaths
65 to 74: 169 deaths
75 to 84: 180 deaths
85 and up: 251 deaths
According to recent totals, the rate of county residents who tested positive for COVID-19 decreased from 6.8% to 6.2%, below the state's desired threshold of 8%.
Orange County remains on the state watch list, though. As of Tuesday, the county's case rate per 100,000 residents dropped from 109.7 to 106.4, which is far higher than the California Department of Public Health threshold of 25 per 100,000 residents.
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the county has stayed on a downward trend, dropping from 414 Monday to 409 Tuesday. Of those, the number of ICU patients has dropped from 132 to 124.
The change in the three-day average of hospitalized patients went from -3.3% to -4.8%, which is lower than the state's threshold.
The county had 31% of intensive care unit beds available Tuesday, which is better than the state's 20% threshold. And the county's hospitals also have 56% of their ventilators available, well above the state standard of 25%.
The Orange County Public Health Care Agency reported that 560,104 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, including 6,282 reported Tuesday.
An estimated 35,421 residents have recovered from coronavirus, according to reports.
Across Orange County, the cumulative case counts are as follows:
Aliso Viejo - 310 Total Cases
Anaheim - 7568 Total Cases
Brea - 405 Total Cases
Buena Park - 1271 Total Cases
Costa Mesa - 1439 Total Cases
Coto de Caza - 31 Total Cases
Cypress - 463 Total Cases
Dana Point - 217 Total Cases
Fountain Valley - 427 Total Cases
Fullerton - 2001 Total Cases
Garden Grove - 2408 Total Cases
Huntington Beach - 1956 Total Cases
Irvine - 1349 Total Cases
La Habra - 1134 Total Cases
La Palma - 138 Total Cases
Ladera Ranch - 135 Total Cases
Laguna Beach - 153 Total Cases
Laguna Hills - 254 Total Cases
Laguna Niguel - 331 Total Cases
Laguna Woods - 47 Total Cases
Lake Forest - 706 Total Cases
Los Alamitos - 139 Total Cases
Midway City - 101 Total Cases
Mission Viejo - 661 Total Cases
Newport Beach - 955 Total Cases
Orange - 2033 Total Cases
Placentia - 776 Total Cases
Rancho Mission Viejo - 52 Total Cases
Rancho Santa Margarita - 278 Total Cases
Rossmoor - 56 Total Cases
San Clemente - 387 Total Cases
San Juan Capistrano - 364 Total Cases
Santa Ana - 8639 Total Cases
Seal Beach - 243 Total Cases
Silverado - 43 Total Cases
Stanton - 556 Total Cases
Trabuco Canyon - 163 Total Cases
Tustin - 1051 Total Cases
Villa Park - 46 Total Cases
Westminster - 831 Total Cases
Yorba Linda - 580 Total Cases
Case counts had been up and down for about a week due to a backlog with the state's system, but OCHCA officials reported Thursday that their statistics were up to date.
As students report back to school, Orange County officials are also keeping an eye on coronavirus cases among children.
The state is allowing schools in grades up to sixth to apply for a waiver from all online learning.
As of Tuesday, 446 children up to 3 years old have tested positive for COVID-19, 617 children 4-9 years old have been infected, 468 between 10 and 12 have tested positive, 441 between 13 and 14 have contracted COVID-19, and 1,563 between 15 and 18 have tested positive.
City News Service, Patch editor Ashley Ludwig contributed to this report.