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Orange County has tested more than 18,000 people for Coronavirus

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On Monday, April 20, the Orange County Health Care Agency reported 1,676 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.  There are a total of 33 deaths in the county, and one new death was announced on Monday as well. 

In Monday’s report, there were 41 new cases of the coronavirus, including 772 additional people that were tested. The total number of individuals tested in the county is 18,766 total, which amounts to approximately 58 residents per 10,000 in the county of more than 3.2 million.

The number of coronavirus patients hospitalized was 144 Sunday, and 56 of the patients required treatment in intensive care units. The data collected was from 24 hospitals in the county reporting. On Monday’s update, there were 128 hospitalized with 42 in the ICU with just 22 hospitals reporting. 

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Orange County continues to take steps in identifying the number of coronavirus cases and providing treatment to individuals. St. Joseph hospital joins the nationwide study of remdesivir in hopes that the antiviral drug can be useful in treating coronavirus patients.

Sources: 

  1. https://coronavirus.egovoc.com/coronavirus-in-oc
  2. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/04/20/coronavirus-orange-county-has-tested-more-than-18000-people-as-of-april-20/
  3. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/04/22/st-joseph-hospital-testing-remdesivir-on-coronavirus-patients/

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Orange County COVID-19 Update: New Restrictions and Closures

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There has been a surge in coronavirus cases in California since that state began reopening. The state recently placed Orange County on the watch list along with other counties at risk, possibly facing new lockdown orders. Orange County has taken steps to try and slow the spread with the upcoming holiday approaching. Officials announced Laguna Beach’s city beaches will be closed on the Fourth of July due to the accelerating speed of the coronavirus in Orange County.

If needed, the City Manager John Peitig can extend the planned beach closures to Friday and Sunday as well City Council members added on Tuesday, June 30. The closure comes as Los Angeles and Ventura counties announced their beaches would be closed on the last day. Laguna’s public firework display has also been canceled.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The restrictions include ordering the closure of indoor operations including restaurants, wineries, and cardrooms for the following three weeks. The restrictions apply to all counties that have been on the state’s “watch list” for at least three days, including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, and Riverside.

Along with the new closures, Orange County Health Care Agency reported five new deaths today. The coronavirus death toll within the county increased to 345, and  570 new cases of the virus confirmed. The cumulative case total is now 14,413 since testing started in March.

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  1. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/06/27/young-californians-attribute-in-coronavirus-spike/
  2. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/06/30/california-places-orange-county-on-coronavirus-watch-list/
  3. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/30/laguna-beach-to-close-its-beach-on-fourth-of-july/
  4. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/07/01/newsom-tightens-up-coronavirus-rules-bars-indoor-dining-in-la-orange-and-riverside-counties-shuts-parking-at-state-beaches/
  5. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/30/coronavirus-779-new-cases-and-10-new-deaths-reported-in-orange-county-as-of-june-30/

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California Places Orange County on Coronavirus Watch List

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Monday, state health officials placed Orange County on a watch list along with other counties at risk possibly facing new lockdown orders. According to the analysis, California’s Dept. of Public Health cited outbreaks at assisted living facilities, memory care facilities, and other communal homes in Orange County as key drivers behind the rise in positive coronavirus tests and an upturn in hospitalizations.

Orange County leaders have an action plan they can follow created by the state health department to help slow the disease and avoid renewed lockdown orders. 

There are 19 counties in California including Orange County that have been added to the state’s monitoring list. This closely tracks metrics such as rates of new 100,000 residents, averages of positive tests, and new hospitalizations

In recent weeks, the spread of coronavirus in Orange County has moved closer to surpassing key criteria outlined by the state to identify troubled counties. Monday, June 29, the county reached 108.9 coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents, surpassing the state’s threshold of 100. The rate of positive tests, 9.2% on Monday, exceeding the state’s limit of 8%. Orange County initially surpassed the state’s testing positivity limit on Friday with 8.5%.

According to Health Care Agency data, there are currently 485 people with COVID-19 in Orange County hospitals, a 66% increase since June 1, when local hospitals had 292 COVID-19 patients. Orange County could face renewed lockdowns that could again limit non-essential businesses’ operations if the rise in hospitalization and other metrics are not reversed. 

Before resorting to these measures in the county, state health officials want local leaders to work on a multi-part plan to tamp down the county’s infection rate. Recommended methods include raising public messaging about the importance of social distancing, small to no gatherings, and wearing face masks in public.

State health officials want Orange County to provide more coronavirus testing sites and take more active steps to educate skilled nursing facilities and communities with high case rates on infection control practices and the proper use of protective equipment. Marc Meulman, chief of operations of the Health Care Agency’s Public Health Services, said the agency worked with the state in drafting the action steps. However, no state resources will be dedicated to implementing them.

Bernadette Boden-Albala, dean of UC Irvine’s public health program and an expert in social epidemiology, stated early in the pandemic Orange County residents did an excellent job heeding public health slowing the virus’s spread. Boden-Albala added the urgent issue now is coronavirus-related hospitalizations are increasing while patients with other conditions are starting to return to hospitals. On Wednesday, June 24, Orange County’s hospitals were 65% full, according to an Orange County Emergency Medical Services report

Sources: 

  1. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/29/state-puts-orange-county-on-coronavirus-watch-list/
  2. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/CountyMonitoringDataStep2.aspx
  3. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID19CountyDataTable.aspx
  4. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/03/21/coronavirus-update-california-issued-statewide-stay-at-home-order/
  5. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/06/20/gov-newsom-issues-new-face-mask-order-for-californians/
  6. https://www.ochealthinfo.com/about/admin/contacts
  7. https://directory.uci.edu/people/bbodenal
  8. https://www.healthdisasteroc.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=116352

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Orange County Coronavirus Cases Update

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On Monday, June 22, another 175 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Orange County, bringing the case total in the county to 10,595. There were no new deaths reported, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Of the total confirmed cases, 1,047 were residents in skilled nursing facilities, and 389 were Orange County Jail inmates. The estimate for the number of recoveries from the virus was 5,075 as of Monday’s report.

As of June 30, OCHCA’s latest data included 351 hospitalizations and 137 people in ICUs. The Orange County data represents the 26 hospitals with emergency receiving centers and licensed ICU beds. Among the cities that have been hit the hardest by the coronavirus Santa Ana and Anaheim, which make up 20 percent of the county population, 40 percent of county residents tested positive for coronavirus.

Santa Ana’s infection rate per resident is more than five times higher than Irvine’s, seven times higher than Laguna Niguel, and 11 times higher than the unincorporated gated community of Coto de Caza. Anaheim’s infection rate is four times higher than Dana Point and about six times higher than Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel.

Topping the infection rate list is Los Alamitos, OC’s second-smallest city, home to about 11,000 residents than 300,000 in Santa Ana and Anaheim. Los Alamitos city officials credit their high rate widely to a single nursing home which, had approximately 77 percent of the city’s confirmed infections.

Last week, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a new mandated order for Californians to wear face masks to help decrease the spread of the coronavirus. The order came after multiple counties, including Orange County easing face mask protocols.

Sources: 

  1. https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/22/coronavirus-orange-county-reported-175-new-cases-as-of-june-22/
  2. https://voiceofoc.org/2020/06/santa-ana-and-anaheim-residents-are-getting-hit-with-coronavirus-at-far-higher-rates-than-other-oc-cities/
  3. https://wordofhealth.com/2020/06/20/gov-newsom-issues-new-face-mask-order-for-californians/

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