Governor Gavin Newsom Adds Orange County To COVID-19 Watch List

California Governor Gavin Newsom added Orange County to a list of 19 total counties that it is monitoring due to rising COVID-19 rates, it said Monday.

The Orange County Health Care Agency reported 456 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, increasing the total number of cases to 13,064, the third largest of any county in the state. Of those cases, an estimated 7,193 people have recovered to date.

Four new deaths were also reported, bringing the county’s death count to 330 due to respiratory illness. That number includes 171 skilled nursing facility residents and two homeless people.

There were 56 COVID-19-related deaths reported last week in the county, the highest weekly total since the pandemic began.

According to more advanced data released by the agency, there are 109.2 COVID-19 cases per 10,000 people in the county, well above the California Department of Public Health threshold of 25 per 10,000. Additionally, 9.3% of people in the county are testing positive for the disease, an increase from 7% testing positive on June 11.

COVID-19 hospitalizations are also increasing in the county and currently number 485 people, including 175 in the intensive care unit.

Here are the latest cumulative case and death counts for selected cities:

  • Santa Ana: 2,734 cases; 86 deaths
  • Anaheim: 2,463 cases; 83 deaths
  • Huntington Beach: 593 cases; 37 deaths
  • Irvine: 365 cases; 5 deaths
  • Costa Mesa: 320 cases; 2 deaths
  • Newport Beach: 272 cases; 2 deaths
  • Valley of the source: 116 cases; 6 deaths
  • Laguna Beach: 59 cases; 0 deaths

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