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Orange County reports 2 deaths and 4,406 new coronavirus cases

Holiday shoppers at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa on Saturday.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Orange County reported two deaths and 4,406 new cases on Wednesday in the latest data provided by the Orange County Health Care Agency regarding transmission of the coronavirus.

The county has now seen 1,781 deaths attributed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and the cumulative case count has climbed to 134,820.

Public health officials have repeatedly warned against gathering throughout the holiday season. On Wednesday, with Christmas Day just two days away, the health care agency’s numbers showed 1,854 hospitalizations countywide, with 394 of those patients being treated in intensive care units.

An additional 21,535 tests were reported within the last day, bringing the number of tests administered countywide to 1,906,582.

Orange County’s transit authority is calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to prioritize transit workers as the state rolls out COVID-19 vaccinations.

The agency estimates that 77,076 people in the county have recovered after contracting the virus.

Regional stay-at-home orders have gone into effect for regions where the ICU capacity availability dropped below 15%. Southern California — which includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties — was placed under the order on Dec. 7.

Orange County currently has an ICU capacity of 8.2%, and the county has 44% of its ventilators available.

The county is seeing seven-day averages of 51.8 daily new cases per 100,000 residents and a testing positivity rate of 15.2%. Those numbers come with a seven-day lag.

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

  • Santa Ana: 26,352 cases; 358 deaths
  • Anaheim: 22,871 cases; 381 deaths
  • Huntington Beach: 5,388 cases; 96 deaths
  • Costa Mesa: 4,405 cases; 51 deaths
  • Irvine: 4,908 cases; 20 deaths
  • Newport Beach: 2,035 cases; 28 deaths
  • Fountain Valley: 1,695 cases; 25 deaths
  • Laguna Beach: 451 cases; fewer than five deaths

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

  • 0 to 17: 12,601 cases; one death
  • 18 to 24: 19,215 cases; five deaths
  • 25 to 34: 28,085 cases; 26 deaths
  • 35 to 44: 21,279 cases; 42 deaths
  • 45 to 54: 21,806 cases; 131 deaths
  • 55 to 64: 16,476 cases; 242 deaths
  • 65 to 74: 8,234 cases; 350 deaths
  • 75 to 84: 4,148 cases; 393 deaths
  • 85 and older: 2,907 cases; 591 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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