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Coronavirus: 15 new deaths, issue with case count continues in Orange County on July 28

The Orange County Health Care Agency  reported 187 new cases of the coronavirus as of Tuesday, July 28.

The county also posted a note on social media for the second day saying it was “experiencing an issue processing electronic reports from some labs. As a result, there are reduced tests and cases reported due to the delay with receiving these reports.” It said Tuesday’s update would be missing some test results and cases.

The cumulative total number of positive cases for Orange County is at least 34,833 since local testing began in March. County officials recently clarified that they may have tested an individual multiple times, but if positive, they are reported as only one case, even if they have duplicate positive test results.

It is estimated that more than half of the cases, or 21,066 as of Tuesday, have recovered. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

There were 15 new deaths reported in Orange County on Monday, bringing the total number of residents who have died to 581.

The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigation and can take weeks to process, officials say.

Of the 566 deaths, 253 were skilled nursing facility residents, 21 were in assisted living facilities and one was listed as homeless.

The state’s coronavirus dashboard reports there have been 142 deaths in Orange County in the last 14 days.

Countywide, 399,424 tests for the coronavirus have been reported as given since testing began, with data through July 27. There were 6,100 daily tests reported in the update on Tuesday.

The state listed an 8.3% test positivity rate for the county, with 104,714 tests given in the last two weeks.

According to the California Department of Health, there have been 8,671 new cases of COVID-19 in Orange County in the last 14 days, down from 8,953 in yesterday’s report.

The state agency also reports 685 hospitalized patients in the last 14 days (suspected and positive) in 33 hospitals across the county as of Tuesday.

The state’s coronavirus-tracking dashboard shows Orange County had at least 40% of its ICU beds available on Tuesday.

The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:

  • 85+: 32% (186)
  • 75-84: 24% (134)
  • 65-74: 18% (106)
  • 55-64: 13% (74)
  • 45-54: 9% (53)
  • 35-44: 3% (17)
  • 25-34: 1.6% (9)
  • 18-24: <1% (2)
  • 0-17: 0%

Data posted each day is preliminary and subject to change, officials emphasize. More information may become available as individual case investigations are completed.

You can find the Orange County Health Care Agency dashboard here.


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Orange County total cases by ZIP code for July 28:


Case demographics as of July 20:

Source: Orange County Register

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