Orange County remains on track for state’s third tier for reopening

Workers collect a driver's information during a COVID-19 self-administering testing site at the O.C. fairgrounds.
Workers from 360 Clinic collect a driver’s information during a COVID-19 self-administering drive-through testing site on Aug. 26 at the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 10 deaths and 165 new coronavirus infections in the latest set of numbers released on Saturday.

The death toll in the county due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, now stands at 1,214. Total cases in the county climbed to 53,069.

Patients who required hospitalization because of the virus were at 156, with 47 of those patients being treated in intensive care units.

An additional 9,986 tests were reported, bringing the total number of tests administered during the pandemic to 838,045.

The county estimates that 47,742 residents have recovered after a battle with the virus.

Currently in the second, red tier, Orange County’s transmission tracking metrics put it on pace to progress to the third, orange tier.

In order to move into the third tier, designated “moderate transmission,” a county can have between one and 3.9 new daily cases per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate of 2% to 4.9%.

As of Saturday, the county had seven-day averages of 3.6 new daily cases per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate of 3.1%. Those numbers include a seven-day lag.

Here are the latest cumulative coronavirus case counts and COVID-19 deaths for select cities in Orange County:

  • Santa Ana: 10,231 cases; 274 deaths
  • Anaheim: 9,090 cases; 263 deaths
  • Huntington Beach: 2,387 cases; 71 deaths
  • Costa Mesa: 1,799 cases; 30 deaths
  • Irvine: 1,666 cases; 12 deaths
  • Newport Beach: 1,118 cases; 25 deaths
  • Fountain Valley: 507 cases; 16 deaths
  • Laguna Beach: 224 cases; fewer than five deaths

Here are the case counts by age group, followed by deaths:

  • 0 to 17: 3,744 cases; one death
  • 18 to 24: 7,994 cases; four deaths
  • 25 to 34: 11,449 cases; 18 deaths
  • 35 to 44: 8,493 cases; 33 deaths
  • 45 to 54: 8,566 cases; 105 deaths
  • 55 to 64: 6,367 cases; 175 deaths
  • 65 to 74: 3,175 cases; 246 deaths
  • 75 to 84: 1,798 cases; 256 deaths
  • 85 and older: 1,435 cases; 376 deaths

Updated figures are posted daily at For information on getting tested, visit

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