OC Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 200, Nearly 8,000 Test Positive

Ashley Ludwig

ORANGE COUNTY, CA —Twenty-five Orange County residents have died as a result of COVID-19 infections in Orange County this week, with four more reported on Thursday, the Orange County Health Care Agency reported.

A total of 202 residents have died since the coronavirus pandemic began.

On Thursday, 260 additional residents tested positive for the virus, raising the total number of infect to 7,987.

A total of 294 Orange County residents are currently hospitalized, two more than Tuesday, while the number of those in intensive care remains at 142.

All ten of the fatalities reported were residents of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, according to reports from the health care agency.

The Health Care Agency reports a total of 94 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.

The number of people tested for the virus in the county stands at 172,072 with 3,726 documented recoveries.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department reported 385 inmates have contracted coronavirus,

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: 16
  • Between 55 and 64: 24
  • Between 65 and 74: 38
  • Between 75 and 84: 50
  • Over 85: 64

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

  • Aliso Viejo: 35
  • Anaheim: 1,482
  • Brea: 48
  • Buena Park: 228
  • Costa Mesa: 159
  • Coto de Caza : 7 (unchanged)
  • Cypress: 82
  • Dana Point: 35 (unchanged)
  • Fountain Valley: 71
  • Fullerton: 292
  • Garden Grove: 442
  • Huntington Beach: 404
  • Irvine: 227
  • La Habra: 149
  • La Palma: 25 (unchanged)
  • Ladera Ranch: 18 (unchanged)
  • Laguna Beach: 49 (unchanged)
  • Laguna Hills: 38
  • Laguna Niguel: 43
  • Laguna Woods: 12
  • Lake Forest: 87
  • Los Alamitos: 92 (unchanged)
  • Midway City: 21
  • Mission Viejo: 86
  • Newport Beach: 166
  • Orange: 357
  • Placentia: 150
  • Rancho Mission Viejo: 10
  • Rancho Santa Margarita: 27 (unchanged)
  • San Clemente: 73
  • San Juan Capistrano: 62 (unchanged)
  • Santa Ana: 1,716
  • Seal Beach: 58
  • Stanton: 92
  • Trabuco Canyon: 18 (unchanged)
  • Tustin: 147
  • Villa Park: 8 (unchanged)
  • Westminster: 178
  • Yorba Linda: 98
  • Other* 389
  • Unknown** 306

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.

Seal Beach's case count saw the highest jump thus far this week, with an increase of 30 patients in two days.

"Orange County Health Care Agency conducted a 'whole house testing' of all residents and staff of the Seal Beach Rehabilitation Center following an outbreak at that facility.

As of Wednesday, Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center reported a total of 63 residents and 40 health care workers with positive cases, and two residents died as a result of the virus.

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.

Within days,Chau reversed Dr. Quick's mask order, Thursday, suggesting that masks are recommended, but not mandatory as of Friday morning at 12:01 a.m.

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City News Service, Patch Editor Ashley Ludwig contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the Orange County Patch