5 new deaths reported in Orange County on Friday due to COVID-19

Henry Le prepares 50 coronavirus tests from patients at Pangea Lab in Costa Mesa on April 24.
Henry Le prepares 50 coronavirus tests from patients at Pangea Lab in Costa Mesa on April 24.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Five new deaths have been reported in Orange County due to the coronavirus, according to updated figures released Friday by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

That brings the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 71, including 16 residents of skilled nursing facilities.

There were 153 new cases reported Friday, which is the second-highest single-day total since the pandemic began. Only on May 1 were there more new reported cases in the county, 161.

There are now 3,240 cumulative cases of the coronavirus in the county, which includes 316 skilled-nursing-facility residents and 251 Orange County jail inmates.

Of the cases, 188 people are currently hospitalized, including 74 in intensive-care units. Those numbers come with 22 of 25 eligible hospitals reporting.

This week California launched a COVID-19 testing website, to help residents find community testing sites near them and schedule appointments.

A total of 812 new tests were reported administered Thursday, the lowest number since April 27, and 46,372 cumulative tests have been issued to date.

People in the age demographics of 25 to 34 and 45 to 54 remain the largest number of positive COVID-19 tests in the county, with 18% of cases in each age range. Those aged 55 to 64 make up 16% of the cases, while people 35 to 44 are 15% of the cases.

In terms of deaths due to COVID-19, 28% of them in Orange County have come in people ages 75 to 84, and 24% have been in those aged 85 and older.

Males account for 54% of positive tests in the county and 58% of the deaths.

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

• Anaheim: 472 (13.1 cases per 10,000 residents)
• Santa Ana: 456 (13.5 cases per 10,000 residents)
• Huntington Beach: 242 (11.9 cases per 10,000 residents)
• Irvine: 140 (5.0 cases per 10,000 residents)
• Newport Beach: 105 (12.0 cases per 10,000 residents)
• Costa Mesa: 47 (4.1 cases per 10,000 residents)
• Fountain Valley: 41 (7.2 cases per 10,000 residents)
• Laguna Beach: 40 (17.1 cases per 10,000 residents)

Updated figures are posted daily at

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