The number of coronavirus patients at Orange County hospitals has decreased by eight to 368, according to the latest state numbers.

Of those patients, 51 were being treated in intensive care, down from 56 the previous day.

Those numbers come amid rising COVID-19 positivity rates in the county, the Orange County Health Care Agency said. The agency logged 3,466 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, hiking the cumulative total to 690,800 since the pandemic began. The OCHCA also logged 14 additional virus-related fatalities, bringing the overall death toll to 7,608.

The test positivity rate went from 13% last week to 14.2%, and increased from 13.4% to 15% in the health equity quartile, which measures the communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

The daily case rate per 100,000 increased from 13.4 to 18.2 on a seven-day average with a seven-day lag, and jumped up from 14.5 to 17.4 in the adjusted daily case rate per 100,000 on a seven-day average with a seven-day lag.

The OCHCA reports COVID data every Thursday.

Of those hospitalized, 65.3% are incompletely vaccinated or unvaccinated and 66.5% of the COVID-19 patients in intensive care units are incompletely vaccinated or unvaccinated, the agency said.

The positivity rate for those fully vaccinated with a booster went from 22.2 on Dec. 4 to 16.9 on Dec. 11. For those vaccinated with no booster, the rate went from 11.8 to 9.7. For those not vaccinated the rate went from 24.6% to 18.2.

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