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Orange County records 1,753 coronavirus cases, highest hospitalization numbers

With his office manager Daniel Zike, right, giving a hand, Dr. Matthew Abinante prepares to take samples for COVID-19 testing retrieved from a drive-up testing site outside the offices of Elevated Health in Huntington Beach on March 19.
(Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)

Coronavirus cases ticked up in Orange County by 67 to a total of 1,753, and one more person died from the COVID-19 disease according to numbers the county released Wednesday.

The total number of deaths is now at 34, double the number of deaths from almost two weeks ago.

The county also reported its highest number of hospitalizations, with 162 patients being treated for the virus, including 70 who are in intensive care. For the first time, all 25 hospitals eligible to report coronavirus cases in Orange County are reporting their numbers, according to the county.

Roughly 20,145 of the county’s 3.2 million residents have been tested for COVID-19. Most who have tested positive are between the ages of 45 and 64. Of the 34 people who have died, 32% were in the 45-64 age group and 59% were 65 or older.

Orange County Health Care Agency reports cumulative COVID-19 cases every day.
Orange County Health Care Agency reports cumulative COVID-19 cases every day.
(Courtesy of Orange County Health Care Agency)

Here are the latest case counts for select cities, with their numbers per 10,000 residents:

  • Anaheim: 230 (6.4 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Santa Ana: 184 (5.4 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Huntington Beach: 153 (7.5 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Irvine: 119 (4.2 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Newport Beach: 89 (10.2 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Laguna Beach: 36 (15.4 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Costa Mesa: 33 (2.8 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Fountain Valley: 25 (4.4 cases per 10,000 residents)

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