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Orange County reports 24 coronavirus deaths

Drivers return to their buses at Top of the World Elementary as staff and students returned for in-person learning Oct. 5.
Drivers return to their buses at Top of the World Elementary as staff and elementary students returned for in-person learning as part of the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s hybrid learning model on Monday.
(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 24 coronavirus deaths and 186 new infections on Saturday in its latest numbers tracking the virus.

Among the new data, 13 of the deaths reported were assisted living facility residents and six were skilled nursing facility residents.

The county has had 1,340 fatalities due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The total number of cases in the county now stands at 55,531.

Cases that required hospitalization number 169, with 61 of those patients receiving treatment in intensive care units.

The healthcare agency reported 8,477 more tests for the virus within the last day, bringing the cumulative total of tests administered to 937,718. To date, an estimated 49,698 people have recovered from battling the virus in the county.

Orange County remains in the second, red tier in the state’s color-coded guidelines for reopening. The county’s reopening metrics were at one time progressing toward the third, orange tier, but due to a spike in cases, the county has stayed in the red tier, classified as “substantial transmission,” since Sept. 8.

Currently, the county sports seven-day averages of 5.2 new daily cases per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate of 3.2%. Those numbers come with a seven-day lag.

For a county to progress into the orange tier, labeled “moderate transmission,” it must achieve seven-day averages of one to 3.9 new daily cases per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate of 2% to 4.9%.

Below are the coronavirus case counts and deaths for select cities in Orange County:

  • Santa Ana: 10,648 cases; 293 deaths
  • Anaheim: 9,492 cases; 291 deaths
  • Huntington Beach: 2,463 cases; 78 deaths
  • Costa Mesa: 1,872 cases; 36 deaths
  • Irvine: 1,754 cases; 13 deaths
  • Newport Beach: 1,170 cases; 25 deaths
  • Fountain Valley: 524 cases; 18 deaths
  • Laguna Beach: 234 cases; fewer than five deaths

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

  • 0 to 17: 4,021 cases; one death
  • 18 to 24: 8,362 cases; four deaths
  • 25 to 34: 11,907 cases; 19 deaths
  • 35 to 44: 8,829 cases; 37 deaths
  • 45 to 54: 8,965 cases; 111 deaths
  • 55 to 64: 6,671 cases; 192 deaths
  • 65 to 74: 3,344 cases; 267 deaths
  • 75 to 84: 1,884 cases; 286 deaths
  • 85 and older: 1,499 cases; 423 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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