The Orange County Health Care Agency ‘reported 47 new coronovirus-related deaths by Sunday, January 4 for more than 2,367 known COVID-related fatalities.
The daily death toll is not an accurate depiction of exactly how many people died on any given date. Rather, the count includes deaths that occurred a few days earlier based on the death certificate and a full case investigation.
Two days earlier, on Friday, the county reported a one-day record of 82 mortality.
Six of the deaths on Sunday were skilled nursing facility residents and eight were assisting the surviving residents. None were prisoners of the Orange County Jail. Thirty-three people who died did not live in the facilities.
On Sunday, 538 people with COVID-19 were undergoing treatment at Orange County Hospital Intensive Care Units.
Southern California’s state-adjusted ICU bed availability for coronovirus patients remains at zero, not reflecting beds still open to patients experiencing other life-threatening emergencies. The unofficial figure shows 7.9% .of ICU beds available.
The county reported 1,448 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday – less than half of Saturday’s amount of 3,454. In total, approximately 211,000 Orange County residents have tested positive for coronavirus.
Orange County and all of California have experienced an explosion of cases since the fall, booming nonstream before Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations and travel. Two months ago, on November 17, the county registered 352 new cases – a figure that would soon increase more than ten times.
Hospitals have struggled to meet the hugely increased demand – additional beds in the home to add temporary units to parking units.
Due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, the OC Health Care Agency will not release new numbers again until Tuesday, January 19.