The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 439 new cases of the coronavirus as of Wednesday, July 29.
But for the third day in a row, county officials posted a note on social media that 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 the issue is on the state’s end.
The cumulative total number of positive cases for Orange County is at least 35,272 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 21,926 as of Wednesday, have recovered. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.
There were six new deaths reported in Orange County on Wednesday, bringing the total number of residents who have died to 587.
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. The most recent reported death was July 26.
Of the 587 deaths, 255 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 148 deaths in Orange County in the last 14 days.
Countywide, 404,790 tests for the coronavirus have been reported as given since testing began, with data through July 28. There were 5,366 daily tests reported in the update on Wednesday.
The state listed an 7.6% test positivity rate for the county, with 104,589 tests given in the last two weeks.
According to the California Department of Health, there have been 7,917 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 Wednesday. This is a decrease of 12.6% since 14 days ago.
The county’s hospitalizations were listed as 626, the lowest total since July 5. There were 204 people in ICUs, which has held steady in the low 200s since early July.
The state’s coronavirus-tracking dashboard shows Orange County had at least 37% of its ICU beds available on Wednesday.
The county’s breakdown of deaths by age is as follows:
- 85 and older: 32% (186)
- 75-84: 23% (137)
- 65-74: 18% (108)
- 55-64: 13% (74)
- 45-54: 9% (52)
- 35-44: 3% (18)
- 25-34: 1.6% (9)
- 18-24: <1% (2)
- 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.
You can find the Orange County Health Care Agency dashboard here.
Hospitalizations and deaths:
Orange County total cases by ZIP code for July 28:
Case demographics as of July 29:
Source: Orange County Register