Orange County reported just 63 new cases of COVID-19 Monday as the general trends continue to be encouraging.

“We were nervous for a couple of days when we saw a small rise in hospitalizations, but those numbers have gone back down and we’re through the spring break cycle, and the numbers are looking good,” Orange County CEO Frank Kim said.

Officials expect that when the weekly averages are issued Tuesday, the county will remain in the orange tier of the state’s four-tier economic reopening system, Kim said.

“Today, we’re looking at case rates of 2.8” per 100,000 residents, Kim said.

The overall testing positivity rate is 1.4% and the positivity rate among the health equity category, which measures the impact on underprivileged residents hardest hit by the pandemic, was at 1.7%, Kim said.

Monday’s numbers brought the county’s totals to 253,026 cases and with no additional fatalities, the death toll remained at 4,896, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The number of COVID patients in county hospitals ticked up from 124 Sunday to 128 Monday, while the number of those in intensive care dropped from 23 to 22. The county has 38.3% of its ICU beds available and 73% of its ventilators.

Another 6,193 COVID-19 tests were logged Monday for a total of 3,548,600.

The county’s weekly averages as of last Tuesday showed that its test positivity rate remained at 1.6%, while the adjusted case rate per 100,000 people on a seven-day average with a seven-day lag remained at 3.

The county’s Health Equity Quartile rate, which measures positivity in hotspots in disadvantaged communities, improved from 2.1% to 1.8%. The county’s positivity rates qualify for the least-restrictive yellow tier of the state system, but the case counts are still in the orange tier.

A graduation into the yellow tier requires that the case rate must get below 2 per 100,000 population.

Kim said staff at the vaccination sites have been trained to make sure anyone who is underage has a parent or legal guardian with them. A letter from a parent will not be accepted, he said.

There has been “no significant changes in the weekly allocation of doses, so we’re still doing 15,000 to 16,000” inoculations daily, Kim said.

“We’re still waiting for the CDC to give us guidance on the Johnson & Johnson” vaccine, which has been placed on hold while officials consider blood clotting issues with six recipients, Kim said.

County officials are distributing about 15,000 doses of vaccine a day at county-run sites, and pharmacies, hospitals and private mobile clinics are doling out another 15,000 a day, Kim said.

So far, the county has dispensed about 2 million doses of vaccine, Kim said.

County-run vaccination sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as usual, but on Thursdays, the OC Fair and Event Center site will be open from noon to 8 p.m., Kim said. The Santa Ana College vaccination site also offers noon to 8 p.m. hours on Mondays, he added.

If the night hours are popular, officials will consider adding more evening hours in the future, Kim said.

The additional deaths logged last weekend raised the death toll so far in April to three. The death toll for March rose to 169.

The death toll for February increased to 569. The death toll for January, the deadliest month in the pandemic, increased to 1,507. And December’s death toll rose to 929.

The December and January deaths reflect a surge fueled by the holidays and represent nearly half of the entire death toll for the pandemic in Orange County. The death reports are often delayed, and one of the fatalities logged over the weekend happened on Dec. 1.

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