COVID-19: 7 new deaths and 255 new cases reported in Orange County

Cristobal Gutierrez, owner of Pueblo Produce, waits for customers inside his food truck.
Cristobal Gutierrez, owner of Pueblo Produce, waits for customers inside his food truck in the Oak View neighborhood in Huntington Beach on Oct. 11, while wearing a face mask.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Seven new deaths related to COVID-19 and 255 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Tuesday by the Orange County Health Care Agency, bringing the total number of deaths and cases in the county to 1,454 and 58,980, respectively.

The agency reported 8,402 tests administered. The new total for tests in the county is 1,075,250, excluding cumulative positive antigen tests, which are at 1,856. Currently, 157 patients are hospitalized and 56 are in intensive care units.

County officials estimate that about 52,643 patients have recovered.

Orange County is currently in the red, “substantial” tier. It was first placed there by the state on Sept. 8, an improvement from the purple, “widespread” tier.

Students at the six elementary schools in the Huntington Beach City School District will be on campus four days a week during the pandemic.

Data indicate that the county is seeing an adjusted daily case rate of 5.1 for every 100,000 residents. The testing positivity rate is 3.2%, and the health equity quartile positivity rate, which tracks test positivity rates in disadvantaged communities, is 6%.

In order for the county to move to the “moderate” tier, the adjusted daily case rate will need to fall between 1 to 3.9 for every 100,000 residents, and the healthy equity quartile positivity rate will need to fall between 2.2 to 5.2%.

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

  • Santa Ana: 11,392 cases; 312 deaths
  • Anaheim: 10,091 cases; 314 deaths
  • Huntington Beach: 2,581 cases; 86 deaths
  • Costa Mesa: 2,009 cases; 44 deaths
  • Irvine: 1,865 cases; 13 deaths
  • Newport Beach: 1,228 cases; 26 deaths
  • Fountain Valley: 565 cases; 20 deaths
  • Laguna Beach: 248 cases; fewer than five deaths

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

  • 0 to 17: 4,376 cases; one death
  • 18 to 24: 8,864 cases; five deaths
  • 25 to 34: 12,670 cases; 20 deaths
  • 35 to 44: 9,401 cases; 37 deaths
  • 45 to 54: 9,502 cases; 114 deaths
  • 55 to 64: 7,070 cases; 203 deaths
  • 65 to 74: 3,531 cases; 288 deaths
  • 75 to 84: 1,959 cases; 314 deaths
  • 85 and older: 1,560 cases; 472 deaths

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

Social and public gatherings are one of several reasons why Southern California remains stuck in a coronavirus limbo, experts say.

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