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Coronavirus: 273 new positive cases, but issue with laboratory reports cited in Orange County update on July 27

The Orange County Health Care Agency  reported another 273 new cases of the coronavirus as of Monday, July 27.

The county also posted a note on social media it was “experiencing an issue processing electronic laboratory reports from some labs.” It said Monday’s update would be missing some tests results and cases.

The cumulative total number of positive cases for Orange County is at least 34,646 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 20,148 as of Monday, have recovered. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

There were two new deaths reported in Orange County on Monday, bringing the total number of residents who have died to 566.

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, 248 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 141 deaths in Orange County in the last 14 days.

Countywide, 393,324 tests for the coronavirus have been reported as given since testing began, with data through July 26. There were 2,117 daily tests reported in the update on Monday.

The state gave a 8.6% test positivity rate for the county, with 103,737 tests given in the last two weeks.

According to the California Department of Health, there have been 8,953 new cases of COVID-19 in Orange County in the last 14 days.

The state agency also reports 707 hospitalized patients in the last 14 days (suspected and positive) in 33 hospitals across the county as of Monday.

The state’s coronavirus-tracking dashboard shows Orange County has at least 39% of its ICU beds available on Friday.

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

  • 85 and older: 32% (182)
  • 75-84: 24% (134)
  • 65-74: 18% (102)
  • 55-64: 13% (72)
  • 45-54: 9% (49)
  • 35-44: 3% (17)
  • 25-34: 1.6% (9)
  • 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 27:

Case demographics as of July 20:

Source: Orange County Register

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