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Coronavirus: 22 new deaths and more than 900 new cases reported in Orange County on July 23

The Orange County Health Care Agency  reported another 905 new cases of the coronavirus as of Thursday, July 23.

The cumulative total number of positive cases for Orange County is 32,648 since local testing began in March. It is estimated that nearly half of the cases, or 17,091 as of Thursday, have recovered. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

There were 22 new deaths reported in Orange County on Thursday, bringing the total number of residents who have died to 543.

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 543 deaths, 245 were skilled nursing facility residents, 17 were in assisted living facilities and one was listed as homeless.

The state’s coronavirus dashboard reports there have been 145 deaths in Orange County in the last 14 days.

Countywide, 380,657 tests for the coronavirus have been reported as given since testing began, with data through July 21. There were 6,543 daily tests reported in the update on Thursday.

The state gave a 10.3% test positivity rate for the county, with 96,596 tests given in the last two weeks.

According to the California Department of Health, there have been 9,959 new cases of COVID-19 in Orange County in the last 14 days. Down from 9,615 new cases in yesterday’s report.

The state agency also reports 751 hospitalized patients in the last 14 days (suspected and positive) in 33 hospitals across the county as of Thursday.

The state’s coronavirus-tracking dashboard shows Orange County has at least 46% of its ICU beds available on Thursday.

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

  • 85 and older: 31% (171)
  • 75-84: 24% (132)
  • 65-74: 18% (99)
  • 55-64: 13% (69)
  • 45-54: 9% (48)
  • 35-44: 3% (16)
  • 25-34: 1% (7)
  • 18-24: <1% (1)
  • 17 and younger: 0%

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


Hospitalizations and deaths:

Orange County total cases by ZIP code for July 21:

Case demographics as of July 20:

Source: Orange County Register

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