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The number of COVID-positive patients in Orange County hospitals stood at 227 heading into the Fourth of July holiday, up 15 from a day earlier, according to the latest state figures.

The number of those patients in intensive care as of Saturday was 30, down from 32 a day earlier.

Officials cannot determine how many of the patients currently hospitalized were admitted directly for COVID-19 or tested positive while being treated for another ailment. But from June 1 to June 22, 100 unvaccinated patients and 22 vaccinated patients were admitted directly for COVID-19, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.

The county has 25.9% of its ICU beds available, above the 20% level when officials become concerned.

The county’s testing positivity rate increased from 15.3% as of Monday to 15.8% as of Thursday, and ticked up from 14.6% to 15.7% in the health equity quartile, which measures the communities hardest hit by the pandemic, the OCHCA said.

The county’s daily case rate per 100,000 people is 31 on a seven-day average with a seven-day lag, and 30.6 for the adjusted rate, also with a seven-day average and seven-day lag.

The county logged 3,826 more infections Tuesday through Thursday, raising the cumulative case count to 604,055. The county also logged 23 more fatalities, raising the death toll to 7,126.

The OCHCA provides regular COVID updates on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The case rate per 100,000 people for fully vaccinated residents who have received a vaccine booster decreased from 35.8 June 19 to 30.1 June 26, the latest data available show. The case rate for residents fully vaccinated with no booster went from 21.5 on June 19 to 17.9 on June 26, and from 34.7 on June 19 to 30.1 on June 26.

The number of vaccines administered in Orange County increased from 2,324,587 to 2,326,588, according to Tuesday’s data. That number includes an increase from 2,185,776 to 2,187,900 residents who have received the two-dose regimen of vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna.

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