The number of coronavirus patients in Orange County hospitals has increased by four people to 87, according to the latest state data.

Of those patients hospitalized as of Saturday, 14 were being treated in intensive care, down from 17 as of Friday.

The county’s patient loads have been bucking up and down so far this month, reaching as high as 117 on May 8, but getting down to 83 as of Friday. The county had only 57 patients hospitalized with a COVID-19 infection on April 22.

The county has 29.9% of its ICU beds available, well above the 20% level when officials become concerned.

Of those hospitalized, 83.2% are unvaccinated, and that rate is at 86.4% in intensive care units, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The daily case rate per 100,000 people in Orange County increased from 10.8 Tuesday to 12.5 Friday on a seven-day average with seven-day lag, and from 7.5 to 8.5 for the adjusted rate with a seven-day average and seven-day lag.

The testing positivity rate went from 3.3% to 3.7% overall and from 1.4% to 1.7% in the health equity quartile which measures the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

The county logged 1,733 more infections Friday, raising the cumulative case count to 559,071. Four new fatalities increased the death toll to 7,023.

The OCHCA does not report COVID data on weekends.

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