The number of COVID-19-positive patients in Orange County hospitals is down another 21 people to 250, according to the latest state figures released Saturday.

Of those patients, 31 were being treated in intensive care, down from 36 the previous day.

Those numbers come one day after the county reported 2,076 more infections and logged 29 additional deaths linked to the virus from Monday to Thursday — although 11 of the deaths occurred last month.

The county has now recorded 653,562 cases of COVID-19 and 7,303 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The county’s testing positivity rate remained at 14.8% Thursday, the same as Monday, and dropped from 18.3% to 17.5% in the health equity quartile, which measures the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

The OCHCA does not report COVID data on weekends.

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