Rancho Santa Margarita Coronavirus Updates: News, Information

Ashley Ludwig

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA — Nine Orange County residents succumbed to COVID-19 in Orange County, putting the death toll at 24 over the past three days. The county also logged 296 new cases, putting the cumulative case total at 7,064.

In Rancho Santa Margarita, a total of 25 residents have tested positive for the disease.

The county has reported a total of 174 coronavirus fatalities since the pandemic began.

An estimated 3,021 people have recovered since the outbreak began.

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

  • Aliso Viejo: 32
  • Anaheim: 1,248
  • Brea: 47
  • Buena Park: 191
  • Costa Mesa: 137
  • Coto de Caza : 7
  • Cypress: 77 (unchanged)
  • Dana Point: 30
  • Fountain Valley: 70
  • Fullerton: 231
  • Garden Grove: 394
  • Huntington Beach: 359
  • Irvine: 215
  • La Habra: 123
  • La Palma: 25
  • Ladera Ranch: 14 (unchanged)
  • Laguna Beach: 46 (unchanged)
  • Laguna Hills: 35
  • Laguna Niguel: 41
  • Laguna Woods: 10
  • Lake Forest: 72
  • Los Alamitos: 86
  • Midway City: 17
  • Mission Viejo: 78
  • Newport Beach: 151
  • Orange: 309
  • Placentia: 134
  • Rancho Mission Viejo: 9
  • Rancho Santa Margarita: 25
  • San Clemente: 70
  • San Juan Capistrano: 60
  • Santa Ana: 1,386
  • Seal Beach: 26
  • Stanton: 82
  • Trabuco Canyon: 17
  • Tustin: 119
  • Villa Park: 8 (unchanged)
  • Westminster: 159
  • Yorba Linda: 87
  • Other* 385 (unchanged)
  • Unknown** 450

For the most recent data, visit: occovid19.ochealthinfo

The county of Orange has identified these testing and screening sites for both essential workers and the general public. Read on for more information on how to receive those tests.

All nine of the fatalities reported Friday were skilled nursing facility residents, according to the HCA, bringing to 84 the number of deaths in the county involving nursing home residents.
Five of the seven fatalities reported Thursday were skilled nursing facility residents and one was an assisted living facility resident. Seven of the eight fatalities reported on Wednesday involved skilled nursing home residents.

The HCA has reported outbreaks at 26 skilled nursing homes, three assisted living facilities and two care homes. An outbreak is defined as having at least two coronavirus cases.

HCA Assistant Director Lilly Simmering said Thursday that he agency is boosting testing capacity in institutional settings and is "increasing the number of staff working at skilled nursing home facilities."

The agency also continues to work with UC Irvine on a "training curriculum" with skilled nursing home facility staff "to ensure that their facilities are hygienic and doing proper precautions for COVID-19," she said.

As of mid-week, 867 nursing home residents had tested positive for coronavirus and 427 staffers had contracted the virus, increases of 81 and 46, respectively, since Monday.

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This article originally appeared on the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch