Orange County’s COVID infections, hospitalizations climbing

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (CNS) – Orange County’s coronavirus transmission rate and the number of COVID-positive patients in local hospitals are rising, according to data released Friday by the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The daily rate of cases per 100,000 residents in Orange County rose from Monday’s 14.7 to Friday’s 16.5 averaging seven days with a seven-day lag and from 10 to 11.1 for the adjusted rate, averaging seven days and one Delay of seven days.

what you need to know

  • Orange County recorded 2,814 more COVID-19 infections Monday through Thursday
  • The OCHCA also reported five other deaths
  • The number of COVID patients in county hospitals was 113, 13 of whom were treated in intensive care
  • According to OCHCA, 83.4% of hospitalized patients are unvaccinated and 86.6% of ICU patients are unvaccinated

The test positivity rate rose from 4.4% to 5% overall and from 2% to 2.2% in the health equity quartile, which measures the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

The county recorded 2,814 more infections Monday through Thursday, bringing the cumulative case count to 563,962. The OCHCA also reported five more deaths, bringing the total death toll to 7,028. All of the deaths occurred this month, with the most recent on Saturday.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals was 113, 13 of whom were treated in intensive care.

The county’s patient burden had fallen into the 60s in mid-April, standing at 89 on Monday but rising to 112 by Tuesday.

“I was concerned when we went from 83 to 89 patients,” Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and UC Irvine professor of population health and disease prevention, told the City News Service on Friday.

“We’re still in a small uptrend, but I won’t consider a big wave until we surpass 200,” Noymer said. “We’re just treading water here. … It’s really hard to predict where this is going. Many people test at home and many cases are milder.”

According to OCHCA, 83.4% of hospitalized patients are unvaccinated and 86.6% of ICU patients are unvaccinated.

The county has 27.3% of its ICU beds available, well above the 20% rate when officials are concerned.

Noymer said he “strongly recommends” wearing a mask in shops and indoor events, as well as at outdoor events with large crowds.

The May death toll now stands at six, while the death toll for the last month is 30, March 86, February 330, January 554 and December 115.

The case rate per 100,000 population for fully vaccinated residents who received a booster shot increased from 17.6. on May 7th to May 18th. on May 14, according to the latest available data. The case rate in fully vaccinated residents without a booster shot increased from 9.8 to 11.1, and the case rate in not fully vaccinated residents increased from 14.2 to 16.5.

The number of vaccines administered in Orange County rose to 2,313,029 this week from 2,310,731 last week, according to Tuesday’s data.

That number includes an increase from 2,170,180 to 2,172,777 residents who received the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccination schedule.

The number of residents who received Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine fell to 140,252 from 140,551 as officials continue to adjust to a new accounting of immunizations given in counties across the state.

Refresher shots increased from 1,273,356 to 1,279,272.

In the last admitted age group of 5 to 11 years, the number of vaccinated children increased from 90,228 to 90,557 against 178,003 unvaccinated children. It is the least vaccinated age group in Orange County.