Orange County Reports 55 New COVID-19 Cases, Two Deaths – NBC Los Angeles – fr

Orange County Reports 55 New COVID-19 Cases, Two Deaths – NBC Los Angeles – fr

Orange County reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 and two more deaths on Saturday.

The number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals rose from 75 on Friday to 80, and the number of those intensive care patients rose from 20 to 25, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The county had 31.8% of its intensive care beds and 74% of its ventilators available. Saturday’s number brought the county totals to 254,697 cases and 5,030 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The county recorded 11,803 other tests on Saturday for a total of 3,796,712.

Orange County continues to be on track to reach the least restrictive yellow level in the state’s economic reopening system next week if current trends continue through Sunday, the CEO of the state said. Orange County, Frank Kim.

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Over the weekend, the county began administering the Pfizer vaccine to residents aged 12 to 15, Kim said. The good news accompanies an announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Thursday that vaccinated Americans can abandon their faces in most cases.

Kim, however, said it does not apply in California yet. “We’re still bound by Cal OSHA,” Kim told City News Service. “In the CDC guidelines, it is stated that more restrictive requirements must be followed. And in California, Cal OSHA still says you must wear a mask in the workplace. “

County officials expect the state to issue new guidelines later this month, Kim said. “The state can put in place something more restrictive” than the federal government, said Lisa Bartlett, Orange County supervisor. Based on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s comments on the subject of the end, the state should continue to require face coverings for “large-scale events and activities,” Bartlett said.

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Andrew Noymer, professor of population health and disease prevention at UC Irvine, said it made sense to relax the masks’ mandates. “I think what the CDC announced makes sense,” Noymer said.

“In a platonic and ideal world, we would all continue to hide ourselves because at the margin, some people who are vaccinated, not everyone, can get it, and so on. You can forget about it. It just won’t happen. We have to treat ourselves to the summer with the masking, because we may have to do it again in the fall. I think this is just the reality.

According to weekly state data released every Tuesday, the county’s average daily case rate per 100,000 population fell from 2.4 last Tuesday to 1.8 this week.

The overall test positivity rate fell from 1.3% to 1%, and the county’s health equity quartile rate, which measures positivity in hot spots in underprivileged communities, fell from 1.4% at 1.2%.

The crossing to the yellow level allows greater attendance at many businesses such as cinemas and gymnasiums, while museums, zoos and aquariums can open at 100% of their capacity and for the first time, bars and distilleries can open inside.


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