Orange County reported 558 more cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths Sunday, bringing the county’s totals to 37,391 cases and 651 deaths.
The number of patients being treated for COVID-19 in Orange County hospitals increased from 546 Saturday to 554, while the number of patients in intensive care increased from 169 to 171, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
Of the county’s total deaths, 267 were skilled nursing facility residents, 28 lived in assisted living facilities, and one was homeless.
Of the total cases, 1,675 were skilled nursing facility residents, 476 were jail inmates and 137 were homeless.
There are 57 jail inmates in medical isolation with COVID-19 and officials are awaiting the results of 45 tests. So far, 419 inmates have recovered from coronavirus.
Orange County is on the state’s watch list for counties experiencing high rates of new cases and hospitalizations. It has shown some improvement, but with some continuing concerns.
The county’s case rate per 100,000 residents was at 125.2, which is far higher than the California Department of Public Health threshold of 25 per 100,000 residents. The rate of residents testing positive for COVID-19 dipped from 9.2% to 9.1%, still above the state’s desired rate of 8%.
The change in the three-day average of hospitalized patients went from -10.2% Saturday to -8.9%, much lower than the state’s threshold of 10% increase.
Available ICU beds was at 34%, and the percentage of ventilators available was at 57%. The state’s threshold is 20% of ICU beds available to handle a surge and 25% ventilators on hand.
The county reported that 418,794 COVID-19 tests have been conducted, with 3,173 reported Sunday. There have been 24,259 documented recoveries.