Orange County reports 4 more deaths due to COVID-19

Maggie Dietrick, left, who is deaf and her sister Kate, who is hearing impaired, have helped to create masks for the deaf community.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

Orange County reported four deaths and 158 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The county has now seen 84 lives lost due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The cumulative deaths of skilled nursing facility residents jumped from 17 to 21 as of Friday’s report. No county jail inmates have died.

To date, the county has seen 4,125 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 430 of those cases involving skilled nursing facility residents and 335 of them being jail inmates.

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An additional 1,017 coronavirus tests were administered, bringing that total to 66,267.

Reported hospitalizations decreased for a second consecutive day. That number dropped to 212, with 78 of those patients in an intensive care unit. Twenty-two of 25 eligible hospitals reported for the most recent data. There were 227 hospitalized in Thursday’s report, when 21 hospitals reported figures.

The coronavirus continues to be particularly dangerous to the elderly, as 59 of the COVID-19-related deaths (70.2% of those reported in the county) have involved a person that was at least 65 years old.

Of the reported deaths due to the coronavirus in the county, 39% have been Latino, 32% white, 19% Asian, and 4% African American. Forty-nine, or 58% of the deaths countywide, have been male when broken down by gender.

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

  • Santa Ana: 683 (20.2 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Anaheim: 652 (18.1 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Huntington Beach: 285 (14.0 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Irvine: 149 (5.3 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Newport Beach: 132 (15.1 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Costa Mesa: 62 (5.4 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Fountain Valley: 47 (8.3 cases per 10,000 residents)
  • Laguna Beach: 44 (18.8 cases per 10,000 residents)

Updated figures are posted daily at

For information on getting tested at one of the 14 clinics in the county-run OC COVID-19 Testing Network, visit

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