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Record Covid-19 spike continues in OC


Last updated 7/3/2020 at 5:17pm

More than 100 new test-confirmed cases of the Covid-19 respiratory virus have been reported in Orange County in the last week, according to a Wednesday, July 1 report.

That means the total number of confirmed cases in Orange County more than tripled in the month of June, growing from a total of 98 confirmed cases in the first three months of government testing in the county to a new total of 304 confirmed cases, according to data compiled by the county Public Health Department and released on the county's Emergency Management Facebook page.

An even bigger jump comes in the number of active cases in Orange County, rising from just 12 on May 28 to 166 on the July 1 report. That is an increase of nearly 600 percent in the period since the Memorial Day weekend.

Incredibly, only three Orange County deaths have been blamed on Covid-19, a fatality percentage of less than 1 percent.

Of the 166 active cases listed, only 8 are listed as being treated in hospitals (5 percent), with 1 being treated in an intensive care unit.

Age-wise, more than half the county's total cases – 169 of 304 – are in the 50-and-under age groups, specifically 44 in the 41 to 50 age range; 40 in 31-40; 52 in 21-30; 20 in 11-20, and 13 confirmed cases came back to those 10 and under.

Geographically, the July 1 chart shows Vidor has the highest total cases, 84; and the second-highest number of active cases, 37. The "Orange area" is credited with 67 confirmed cases since March and is No. 2 for currently active cases with 37.

The statistics have been pretty similar based on gender. The July 1 report showed 153 positive Covid-19 test results were from women, with 151 from men.


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