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Coronavirus: 31 new deaths, 153 new cases in Orange County on Oct. 15

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 153 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, Oct. 15, increasing the cumulative total to 56,436 cases.

The county has had an estimated 5,462 cases in the last 30 days.

There were 31 news deaths reported from the coronavirus as of Thursday, and a total of 50 deaths in the last two reports, but county health officials noted that doesn’t mean those deaths all occurred in the past two days.

The county has had 1,391 deaths related to the virus reported to date.

Of the deaths in Orange County, 513 were skilled nursing facility residents, 108 were in assisted living facilities and four was listed as homeless.

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

  • 85+: 32% (442)
  • 75-84: 22% (302)
  • 65-74: 20% (275)
  • 55-64: 14% (198)
  • 45-54: 8% (111)
  • 35-44: 3% (38)
  • 25-34: 1.3% (20)
  • 18-24: <1% (4)
  • 0-17: <1% (1)

The data on deaths in the county is compiled from death certificates or gathered through the course of case investigations and can take weeks to process, officials say. The most recent deaths were on Oct. 10, but some reported Thursday dated as far back as June, County Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau said in a news conference.

It is estimated about 90% of the cumulative reported cases, or 50,459 people as of Thursday, have recovered. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

The county also reported 164 patients in hospitals with the coronavirus on Thursday. The peak for hospitalizations in Orange County was 722 patients on July 14. There were 66 patients listed in ICUs in Thursday’s report.

The county update also reported 970,212 tests have been given for the coronavirus since testing began locally, and at least 6,623 tests were reported in the last 24 hours.

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.

Hospitalizations and deaths:

This map shows the county’s breakdown of the deaths by ZIP code as of Oct. 5.

Orange County total cases by ZIP code for Oct. 15:

Case demographics as of Oct. 7:

Source: Orange County Register

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