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Coronavirus cases, deaths nearly double in O.C. since more advanced reopenings

A family wears masks while shopping on Main Street in downtown Huntington Beach on Friday, June 26, 2020.
(Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Total known cases of the novel coronavirus and related deaths have nearly doubled in the month since the state gave Orange County the green light to enter advanced “Stage 2" reopening after shutdowns put in place early in the pandemic.

According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, total cases of the virus climbed from 6,095 to 11,960, and related COVID-19 deaths rose from 168 to 323 between May 23 and Friday. Those are increases of 96% and 92%, respectively.

Restaurant dining rooms and shopping malls and other “nonessential” retail businesses reopened on May 23. Bars, entertainment and gyms reopened June 12.

A staff report prepared for Monday’s meeting said the proposed budget was initially presented to the City Council on June 15.

The Health Care Agency released an overhauled, far more detailed case count website Friday. Pages and datasets include several dashboards showing representations of cases and deaths by city and ZIP code layered over maps, how the county stacks up against the transmission and infections, estimated recoveries, tests, hospitalizations, deaths, and infection and death demographics and counts at jails and nursing homes.

The county also offered new calculations, such as infections as a percentage of total county population — Orange County’s is 0.4% of the population — plus cases and deaths among homeless people and how many children have been diagnosed by city. And the county revised historical data to attach reported deaths and infections to the day they occurred after recent large, delayed batch reports shared with the county earlier this week.

Here are the latest cumulative case counts and deaths for select cities:

  • Santa Ana: 2,515 cases; 82 deaths
  • Anaheim: 2,289 cases; 81 deaths
  • Huntington Beach: 537 cases; 37 deaths
  • Irvine: 323 cases; 5 deaths
  • Costa Mesa: 272 cases; 2 deaths
  • Newport Beach: 238 cases; 3 deaths
  • Fountain Valley: 104 cases; 6 deaths
  • Laguna Beach: 54 cases; 0 deaths

Updated figures are posted daily at occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc.

For information on getting tested, visit occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-testing.

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