Orange County officials reported another 162 cases of COVID-19 Sunday and one additional death, bringing the county’s totals to 6,261 cases and 147 fatalities.

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus stood at 230, with the number of patients in intensive care at 92, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The number of people tested stands at 122,239, with 2,548 having recovered.

Santa Ana leads all Orange County cities with 1,214 cases, followed closely by Anaheim with 1,063. Many of the cases in both cities are tied to long-term nursing care facilities.

Men account for 52% of all the cases, and 59% of the deaths.

Orange County CEO Frank Kim told City News Service last week that his staff is considering a plan to again allow passive uses such as sunbathing at beaches “because it’s impossible to enforce anyway.”

When the state approved a reopening of the county’s beaches, officials in their application wrote in a clause that would allow them to decide to allow passive uses on the beaches when they felt it was appropriate, Kim said. The state is planning to open parking at its beaches in the county, and the county will follow suit for the beaches in its jurisdiction, Kim said.

On Thursday, the county’s health officer, Dr. Nichole Quick, issued a modified health order that reflects the state’s reopening of hair and beauty salons, as well as churches. Quick did not revise her order requiring masks whenever people cannot observe 6 feet of physical distance from others.

“The most common sense way of explaining it to Orange County residents is if you are out of your home interacting with people at your business, workplace or any public space and you cannot maintain 6 feet of social distancing, the order requires you to put on a mask,” Kim said Thursday.

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