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Coronavirus: More than 17,000 tests reported in Orange County as of Aug. 3 after state backlog is resolved

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 17,133 new tests and a cumulative testing total of 435,927, as of Monday, Aug. 3.

The number of new tests is higher than usual because of a backlog that was created when the CalREDIE Electronic Laboratory Reporting system became unavailable for laboratories to upload test results as of Saturday, July 25. The numbers have now caught up.

There were 422 new cases of coronavirus reported in Monday’s update from the county, raising the cumulative total number of positive cases for Orange County to 37,813 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 25,248 as of Monday, have recovered. The count of people who have recovered is based on the prior 28-day cumulative case count.

There were no new deaths reported in Orange County on Monday, keeping the death toll at 651.

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 death was on July 30.

Of the 651 deaths, 267 were skilled nursing facility residents, 28 were in assisted living facilities and one was listed as homeless.

The state’s coronavirus dashboard reports there have been 159 deaths in Orange County in the last 14 days.

According to the California Department of Health, there have been at least 7,325 new cases of COVID-19 in Orange County in the last 14 days.

The state agency also reports 605 hospitalized patients in the last 14 days (suspected and positive) in 33 hospitals across the county as of Monday. This is a decrease of 19% since 14 days ago.

The state’s coronavirus-tracking dashboard shows Orange County had at least 35% of its ICU beds available on Monday.

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

  • 85 and older: 32% (205)
  • 75-84: 23% (147)
  • 65-74: 18% (122)
  • 55-64: 13% (85)
  • 45-54: 9% (60)
  • 35-44: 3% (20)
  • 25-34: 1.5% (10)
  • 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 30:


Case demographics as of July 29:

Source: Orange County Register

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