What we know
- Over the past two weeks, Orange County has recorded 1,897 new cases, failing one of the governor’s performance metrics. In that time, 56 deaths have been reported.
- Orange has the fourth highest number of coronavirus cases among the state's 58 counties and the fifth most deaths.
- The county has reported cases in 40 cities or communities. Santa Ana has the most cases with 1,085.
- The number of patients at county hospitals has been steady. There are now 418 patients linked to COVID-19.
- Nursing homes have been a focal point of the crisis. In Orange County, 17 facilities have reported an outbreak.
The latest trends
Experts say the true number of people infected is unknown and likely much higher than official tallies.
Over the past week, the county has averaged 129 new cases and 4.3 new deaths per day. The number of confirmed infections is currently doubling every 28.7 days.
State and local officials are closely watching the latest figures as they weigh when and how to reopen. One metric is whether counties have kept the number of new cases reported over the last 14 days to less than 25 per 100,000 residents.
Orange County currently fails that test. Over the last two weeks, officials have confirmed 1,897 new cases, which amounts to 60 per 100,000.
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Cases by city
Cases have been reported in 40 of Orange County's cities and communities.
Explore the latest data by visiting our statewide dashboard, as well as dedicated pages for Los Angeles, Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Tulare and Ventura counties.
Hospitals and patients
One goal of the state's stay-at-home mandate is to slow the virus in hope of preventing hospitals from being overrun.
There are currently patients admitted to Orange County hospitals who have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, according to the latest government figures. Of those, are in an intensive-care unit.
In order to reopen, counties must show that hospitalizations have stabilized, meaning that daily increases have averaged less 5% over a seven-day period, or that a county can’t have more than 20 hospitalizations on any single day over a 14-day period.
Currently, 58 of the state's 58 counties pass this test, which is one of several that can be applied. Orange County currently meets the standard.
Nursing homes have become a tragic focal point of the coronavirus outbreak. California's Department of Public Health has listed 17 skilled nursing and assisted-living facilities in Orange County that currently have COVID-19 cases.
The state last updated the list on May 23. Officials withhold the precise number where there are 10 or fewer cases. The numbers reflect "point in time" counts limited to the current number of staff and patients infected, which can result in the numbers declining over time.
Learn more about those we've lost by reading Times obituaries of Californians who have died from coronavirus.
Reopenings and restrictions
County order: Following state order
Face coverings: Residents ordered to wear face coverings in public
Essential retail: Grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and post offices, etc. are open
Retail: Retailers and shopping malls reopened
Restaurants and bars: Dine-in restaurants reopened, but only household members per table.
Recreation: Gyms, movie theaters, etc., closed, but golf courses reopened. Car washes, pet grooming, tanning facilities, barbershops, hair salons and landscape gardening are open.
Parks: Most county parks reopened. State park campgrounds, parking lots and indoor facilities closed
Beaches: Most county parks reopened. State park campgrounds, parking lots and indoor facilities closed
Schools: Most K-12 schools are distance learning. Colleges online only
Government: Open only for essential functions
Gatherings: All nonessential public gatherings are prohibited