Orange County reported 5,953 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday and another 63 deaths. This figure covers two days because the county did not release the latest news on Christmas Day.
The Orange County Health Care Bureau reported 3,196 cases and 41 deaths on Friday, and 2,757 cases and 22 deaths on Saturday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, these figures bring the county’s total to 144,263 cases and 1,845 deaths.
The county continued to set a record of hospitalizations for COVID-19, which rose to 1,957 on Saturday, with 432 patients receiving intensive care. Of the 63 new deaths, 6 were residents of skilled nursing facilities and 12 were residents of assisted living facilities.
Testing remains a key tool to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. At the test site before Christmas, people lined up, and most people closed on Friday. Mekahlo Medina reports for NBC4 News on Saturday, December 26, 2020.
The county reported 85 coronavirus-related deaths this week, up from 80 last week, 62 cases in the previous week, 41
The state has developed adjusted indicators to reflect the difference in beds available for COVID-19 patients and non-coronavirus patients. Orange County Chief Executive Frank King said that just because a county’s adjusted ICU rate may be zero does not mean that there will be no beds.
He said the difference in rates reflects historical expectations of non-coronavirus emergencies. But county officials emphasized that anyone with a medical emergency should still call 911. County officials are increasing preparations for cases related to the holiday gatherings that have piled up during the Thanksgiving wave. “We are now facing a surge in COVID since Thanksgiving,” Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett said Wednesday.
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“And our ICU bed capacity is very low. Under normal COVID conditions, there may not be many red flags, but the difference between our previous and current surges is that we had excess surge capacity at that time, and There is basically no surge capacity now.”
This is why officials continue to advise the community to skip any form of family gatherings to celebrate the holiday, Bartlett said. She said: “We are in the flu season and there are more and more COVID cases every day. ”
“Our ICU beds have been used up.” Bartlett said hospital officials must now discuss the possibility of rationing if patients overcome the system. “We never thought about quantifying healthcare and choosing winners or losers as hospital beds. We never want to be in that situation.” Bartlett said.
Joseph Richard is a nurse in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Cedars-Sinai. His Christmas starts at 7 am on a 12-hour shift. John Cadiz John Cádiz Klemack reports for NBC4 News at 4 pm on December 25, 2020.
The county has 3 mobile field hospitals, 50 beds at the University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, and 25 beds at the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Los Alamitos Medical Center. Jin said there are four mobile hospitals left in the county, each with 25 beds. At the recently reopened Fairview Development Center in Costa Mesa, 21 patients with mild symptoms are being treated.
County officials received a dose of Moderna vaccine on Wednesday. King said the larger hospital system received the dose directly on Tuesday, and the county hopes to distribute Wednesday’s dose to smaller hospitals. On Saturday morning, about 100 firefighters in Orange County received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine as part of the county’s health agency’s efforts to prioritize first responders.
The vaccination was conducted at the Regional Fire Operations and Training Center of the Orange County Fire Department in Irvine. The county reported another 37,585 tests on Saturday, for a total of 1,964,297.
79,794 recovery rates have been recorded. Now, all indicators in the county belong to the purple tier of the state’s four-tier coronavirus surveillance system, which is the most restrictive in the state. Orange County’s adjusted daily case rate per 100,000 cases was 51.8 on Thursday, the same as Wednesday.
The positive rate stabilized at 15.2%. The county’s health equity quartile positive rate rose from 18.8% last week to 22.7%, and this number is used to measure cases in the county’s worst-hit areas.