Orange County coronavirus cases rise to 1,376, with three more deaths

Three more COVID-19 deaths were reported Friday by Orange County health officials, increasing the death toll to nine in three days and 28 overall.

Another 77 confirmed coronavirus cases were also reported Friday by Orange County Health Care Agency officials, increasing the total to 1,501. But the number of hospitalized patients declined, from 138 on Thursday to 129 on Friday, and the number of those in intensive care declined from 68 to 48.

"Despite the fluctuation of cases we see ... the number of hospitalizations remains comparatively low," Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel said at a Thursday news conference. "We are seeing stabilization of cases in this area."

The number of people tested for COVID-19 in the county stands at 16,371, with enough kits for 2,728 more specimens. Since Thursday, 429 more people were tested.

Of the county's total cases, 2%, or 27, involve people under 18 years old; 8%, or 118, are between 18-24; 17%, or 248, are between 25-34; 15%, or 219, are between 35-44; 39%, or 589, are between 45-64, and 20%, or 300, are 65 or older. Men make up 52% of the county's cases, and 57% of its fatalities.

Of the deaths, two were 25 to 34 years old, one was 35 to 44, 10 were 45 to 64, and 15 were 65 or older. Of the fatalities, 10 were Asian, six were white, eight were Latino, two were black and two were not classified.

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Anaheim has the most COVID-19 cases in the county with 178, followed by Santa Ana with 149 and Irvine with 111. Huntington Beach has 103 while Newport Beach has 90.

Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and Huntington Beach are Orange County's four largest cities.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said calls for service are down 36% since Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order March 19, partly due to new protocols to handle more requests for help over the phone instead of in person.

However, domestic violence calls jumped up by 25%, family dispute calls by 24% and child custody disputes by 30%, Barnes said.

The number of Orange County Jail inmates testing positive for COVID-19 increased to 17, Barnes said.

Two dozen inmates are in medical isolation, meaning they have symptoms related to coronavirus or have tested positive for COVID-19. Thirteen of those inmates have tested positive and one test is pending, Barnes said.

Four inmates have fully recovered, Barnes said. None of the inmates had to be hospitalized, he said.

The jails have 375 inmates in quarantine because they have either had contact with someone with coronavirus or are among 96 who have been newly booked, Barnes said. The sheriff quarantines all newly booked inmates for seven days, Barnes said.

Three deputies have tested positive with one who has fully recovered and returned to work, one close to returning to work and the third with mild to moderate symptoms, Barnes said.

Nine Orange County Fire Authority firefighters have tested positive for COVID-19 with eight recovered and back to work, said OCFA Capt. Steve Concialdi.

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