9 coronavirus cases reported in Orange County

The number of active coronavirus cases in Orange County rose to nine Friday, and county officials said they will henceforth provide daily online updates about the status of the illness locally.

Supervisor Andrew Do said six of the cases have been fully confirmed, while three other people have tested positive for the illness locally, although the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had not yet confirmed the results.

No details about the new patients were immediately provided.

The nine cases is an increase of three from Wednesday, when only six local cases were reported. Of those six, county officials said five were travel-related, and one was a case of "person-to-person" spread.

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Do said the county will provide daily updates online about COVID-19 on a website that will be updated at 5 p.m. each day. The website is www.ochealthinfo.com/novel--coronavirus.

Do, vice chairman of the Board of Supervisors, said Wednesday the county will cancel all "nonessential county meetings and events."

Officials are doing what they can to "allow employees who can work from home the opportunity to do so," Do said.

County officials will also do what they can to accommodate paid time off for workers who have to care for someone stricken with the virus, Do said, or employees have to stay home to watch children if schools are closed.

County officials are also planning to do daily media briefings, Do said. Plans are being made for town halls that could be streamed online at least once a week as well.

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