Rancho Santa Margarita Coronavirus Update: 16 Confirmed Cases

Ashley Ludwig

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA — Orange County officials reported 96 new cases of coronavirus, and one more death Thursday. A total of 16 residents of Rancho Santa Margarita have tested positive for the virus. In Orange County, 3,092 residents have tested positive, and the county now has a death toll of 66.

Fourteen people have died from the disease since Monday, Orange County Health Care Agency officials say.

The number of patients hospitalized with the virus dropped from 202 on Tuesday to 192 on Wednesday, and further to 186 on Thursday. The number of patients in intensive care dropped this week from 73 to 69.

The total number of people in the county tested for the virus increased to 43,351 with 1,324 tests reported Wednesday.

Of the county's total cases:

  • 63 are 17 or under
  • 289 are 18 to 24
  • 564 are 25 to 34
  • 463 are 35 to 44
  • 567 are 45 to 54
  • 511 are 55 to 64
  • 308 are 65 to 74
  • 199 are 75 to 84
  • 125 are 85 or older

Of the patients who died, :

  • 2 are 25 to 34
  • 3 are 35 to 44
  • 5 are 45 to 54
  • 9 are 55 to 64
  • 12 are 65 to 74
  • 19 are 75 to 84
  • 16 are over 85

In the county's skilled nursing facilities, a total of 271 residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with 14 dying of complications from the virus, according to the county.

Orange County's Positive Coronavirus Cases By City Wednesday, May 6:

  • Aliso Viejo: 20
  • Anaheim: 457
  • Brea: 23
  • Buena Park: 101
  • Costa Mesa: 46
  • Coto de Caza: 5 (unchanged)
  • Cypress: 46
  • Dana Point: 22 (unchanged)
  • Fountain Valley: 39
  • Fullerton: 113
  • Garden Grove: 161
  • Huntington Beach: 240
  • Irvine: 139
  • La Habra: 59
  • La Palma: 15 (unchanged)
  • Ladera Ranch: 12 (unchanged)
  • Laguna Beach: 40
  • Laguna Hills: 24
  • Laguna Niguel: 33
  • Laguna Woods: 8 (unchanged)
  • Lake Forest: 33
  • Los Alamitos: 35 (unchanged)
  • Midway City: 7 (unchanged)
  • Mission Viejo: 51
  • Newport Beach: 104
  • Orange: 147
  • Placentia: 67 (unchanged)
  • Rancho Mission Viejo: 6 (unchanged)
  • Rancho Santa Margarita: 16
  • San Clemente: 52
  • San Juan Capistrano: 30
  • Santa Ana: 429
  • Seal Beach: 12
  • Stanton: 31
  • Trabuco Canyon: 12 (unchanged)
  • Tustin: 50
  • Villa Park: 5 (unchanged)
  • Westminster: 48
  • Yorba Linda: 55
  • Other*218
  • Unknown** 114
  • All of Orange County: 3,092

Read more about the restrictions: California Starts Reopening This Week: 5 Things To Know

Orange County, meanwhile, struggled over how to return to normalcy. With all of the county's beaches now open for active use, residents who love the coast have the chance to walk, swim, paddle or surf in the Pacific as of Wednesday.

With the governor's loosening of restrictions set to begin Friday, the county officials are hammering at a plan that calls for clarity in the reopening of Orange County. Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said her office has received hundreds of phone calls from residents inquiring whether the county is allowing businesses to reopen.

City News Service contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared on the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch